Findings on death of Letpadaungtaung farmer under review

The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is reviewing its findings on the death of a farmer during a protest at the Letpadaungtaung copper mine in Sagaing Region. The commission will release a report about the incident within days, said Sit Myaing, vice-chairperson of the NHRC.

The clashes between protesters and police began on December 22, when the Myanmar Wanbao Mining Copper Co Ltd (MWMCCL) tried to erect a fence around lands for which local farmers claimed they had not received compensation. Female protestor Khin Win, 56, was shot dead by the police that day.
An investigation team led by NHRC members Zaw Win, Soe Phone Myint and Dr Nyan Zaw went to the scene to investigate the case on December 30. Their four-day probe was completed on January 4.

“They have returned and submitted their findings to the commission, which is reviewing them. A certain solution will emerge. Within a few days, we will publish the report,” said Sit Myaing yesterday. 

MWMCCL continued fencing the site on December 23, but on December 24, it suspended the fencing operation after a second day of clashes with protesters.