NHRC finishes its probe into death of Letpadaungtaung victim

Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) will soon release its findings on the death of a victim in a disputed Letpadaungtaung copper mine in Sagaing Region, said Sit Myaing, vice-chairperson of the NHRC.

An investigation team led by the NHRC members Zaw Win, Soe Phone Myint and Dr Nyan Zaw went to the scene to make an investigation into the case on December 30.

The NHRC will review the case based on its findings and then release its reviews. We are responsible for the release of it. And we will have to submit our report to the upper-level bodies as well as to make it public. The commission is to do it with its own agenda. We have finished our investigation yesterday evening but cannot tell the exact day for the release of our reviews. The commission investigated all possible persons,” said Sit Myaing on January 3.

The clashes began on December 22 when the Myanmar Wanbao Mining Copper Co (MWMCL) tried to erect fence on lands for which protesters claimed they had not received compensation. Daw Khin Win, 56, was shot dead by the police on December 22. The Myanmar Wanbao Mining Copper Co continued its fencing on December 23.

On 24 December, the MWMCL has suspended its attempts to fence off lands in the controversial copper mine project after a two-day standoff between local farmers and police.

The protesters demanded answers over the death of Khin Win and condemned the MWMCL.

Activists were arrested for staging a protest near the Chinese embassy. The police filed several lawsuits against them for obstructing the duty of the police, using abusive words and defamation.