Two Thai nationals found guilty of the murder of four Burmese men in western Thailand

Thai nationals sentenced to death
Sept 25, 2009 (DVB)–Two Thai nationals found guilty of the murder of four Burmese men in western Thailand have been sentenced to death by a court in the town of Mae Sot, close to the Burmese border.

The four men, all of whom were migrant labourers, had been working on a corn plantation in Ban Jaidee Koh, near to Mae Sot, when in September 2007 they were handcuffed and taken to a nearby village.
They were then shot dead. A fifth man who had also been taken was shot, but managed to escape to another village, where he was then taken to hospital.
The two Thai men, identified as Nai Payom, 45, and Nai Phalom, were sentenced on Tuesday. They have been given a month to appeal the verdict.
Speaking to DVB yesterday, the aunt of one of the victims, 35-year-old Ah Htun, expressed her continued anger at the murder. “I feel like eating those guys alive,” she said.
The exact number of Burmese migrants living in Thailand is unknown, although estimates range up to two million.
Many of these are have no legal status in Thailand, and therefore struggle to acquire the same labour rights that registered workers do.
A system set up by the Thai government was put into action in July this year that would see the verification of Burmese migrants at various centres along the Thai-Burma border.

DKBA soldiers beat and rob villagers in Thaton district

September 25, 2009
HURFOM, Thaton: Four soldiers from the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army Brigade No. 333 led by Captain Hpa Khe Nyo entered Talaikayin village Pa –an township, Thaton district, Karen State, and committed several abuses against villagers, beating them and making demands for money, cooking materials, chickens and rice.
According to U Thee, a 40 year-old Talaikayin villager, four DKBA soldiers entered the village around 10 am on September 13th. They went to the headman’s house and demand 100,000 kyat and cooking materials, rice, and chickens. The headman was forced to immediately to collect money and supplies from villagers to give the 4 DKBA soldiers. Villagers with no money had to provide rice, cooking materials or farm animals. The soldiers took 4 tins (1 tin=15 Kilograms) of rice, 6 chickens, 1 tin of home made cooking oil from villagers. According to HURFOM sources there are 50 households in Talaikayin village.
Naw Pow Pow, a 32 year old, was beaten by soldiers after she begged them not to take all of her rice. During the raid, soldiers took her rice from her house and she asked soldiers not to take all the rice because she has only the 1 tin. She explained that if they took her supply she would have no idea where to get rice to eat. After she pleaded with them, a soldier, 17 years old according to witnesses, punched her in the face 3 times and kicked her in the chest 3 times after she fell over. Continue reading “DKBA soldiers beat and rob villagers in Thaton district”

Five social activists(NARGIS) including Dr. Wint Thu from Myingyan, Mandalay Division were arrested and detained at the Special Branch (SB) of the Police office at the foot of the Mandalay hill

Arrested Nargis donors not allowed to meet families
by Pho Zaw
Thursday, 24 September 2009 22:58

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Five social activists including Dr. Wint Thu from Myingyan, Mandalay Division were arrested and detained at the Special Branch (SB) of the Police office at the foot of the Mandalay hill, a source who is close to Dr. Wint Thu’s family said.

Pol. Col. Thet Wei from Mandalay Division SB along with 20 police personnel arrested five activists including Dr. Wint Thu without giving any reason, from their homes on September 16. When their family members learnt that they were being detained at the Divisional SB office, they went there and tried to meet them on September 22 but they were not allowed to do so.

“They are being held at the SB office. Their family members went there but were not allowed to meet them. No official came out and met them. Only a young policeman came out and told them that they could leave the parcels if they wished but they were not sure if these parcels would reach their family members. So they decided not to leave anything,” a source close to Dr. Wint Thu’s family told Mizzima.

The authorities arrested Dr. Wint Thu, Myo Han, Aung Myo Latt, Hla Myo Kyaw a.k.a. ET, Yargyi a.k.a. Soe Yarzar Phyu from their homes on September 16 at 3 a.m.

“About 20 police personnel in three police vehicles surrounded our house and asked about my brother. My elder brother was not at home. Only my mother was at home. When she asked them if they wanted to arrest my brother they said no. They just wanted to question him. My mother asked them to come in the afternoon. They said that the matter had come up a moment before. My brother visited the SB office next morning when he heard about his colleagues arrest,” Dr. Wint Thu’s younger sister told Mizzima.

When Dr. Wint Thu heard about his brother-in-law Kyi Win being arrested by SB, he visited the SB office next morning. He was arrested. After that Kyi Win was released. Continue reading “Five social activists(NARGIS) including Dr. Wint Thu from Myingyan, Mandalay Division were arrested and detained at the Special Branch (SB) of the Police office at the foot of the Mandalay hill”