May 10, 2013
A generation lost to drug use
The New Mon State Party has put up signs in front of and around villages in Mon state, urging residents to come together to prevent drug use. However, stronger action than this is needed to curb sharply increasing drug use in Mon areas. Read more
February 1, 2013
Burma, also known as Myanmar, is opening to democracy. A key factor in achieving a smooth democratization process is economic growth, but growth that relates exclusively to increased foreign investment and freer markets will not adequately alter the country’s socioeconomic landscape. Burma requires investment that reaches across a wide range of sectors and benefits the millions of people who continue to live in poverty. Read more
January 11, 2013
The New Mon State Party (NMSP)’s new anti-drug awareness campaign recently reported confiscating 393 tablets of methamphetamine, locally known as Yaba, or “madness drug” in Thai.
The group intercepted alleged drug trafficker Mehm Ah Pout (called Mg Yaung Naing in Burmese), a 23-year-old from Waekharou Village, with 17 tablets of methamphetamine near the military cemetery in Thanbyuzayat Township on December 18. Mehm Ah Pout’s testimony resulted in an arrest the following day of another young man from Waekharou, 28-year-old Mehm Ah Beat (Mg Aung Myit in Burmese), who was also charged with drug trafficking after being found with 376 Yaba tablets. Read more
September 12, 2012
HURFOM: Last Friday, the highly anticipated Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) law was adopted by the Union Parliament in Burma, also known as Myanmar. The law’s drafting process drew spectators from around the world, with economists, policymakers, lobbyists, academics, and political commentators weighing in almost daily to deliberate on Burma’s investment possibilities and pitfalls. Now, with the law only needing President Thein Sein’s signature to pass, many eagerly await the final outcome and its significance for the country’s people and economy. Read more
June 12, 2012
In the past, before U Thein Sein was in power and the government and armed ethnic groups reached ceasefire agreements, thousands of innocent ethnic people in several border regions suffered severely from gross human right violations. Relatives were lost to violent conflict, women were plagued by sexual assaults, and villagers saw their lands and properties seized due to widespread land confiscation. Read more
Myanmar Human Rights Commission and the Release of Political Prisoners is Welcomed, but More Progress is Demanded
October 19, 2011
Since taking power as head of Burma’s new civilian government, President U Thein Sein has endeavored to show positive change in his country to the international community and especially to Western governments. Read more
September 5, 2011
The Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) welcomes the peace talks offered by Burma’s new government, headed by President U Thein Sein, and the positive responses from all armed ethnic groups under the umbrella of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC).
Both the majority Burmans and the various ethnic groups in the country are hungrily demanding peace, and they welcome the prospect of the government opening peace talks. But, for the peace talks between the new government and the UNFC to work, it is necessary to have a countrywide ceasefire first, so that all sides will fully commit to a peaceful resolution.
Burma’s civil war has raged for over six decades, leading to many problems. If the new government and the armed ethnic groups are to hold peace talks, they must commit to peace. And finally, they must settle all problems related to politics, society, economics, and human rights, peacefully. There must not be a return to war.
If the peace talks are held, both sides must be sincere and consider the interests of the people. They should strive for the betterment of all ethnic peoples in the Union, especially those living in conflict areas and who have suffered six decades of war. The following points are crucial if the peace talks are to be successful:
- The countrywide ceasefire must be announced by the government, and all armed ethnic groups must agree to it, Each ethnic group then must form a delegation to participate in the peace talks. During the preparation phase, all internally displaced persons (IDPs) must be allowed to return to their communities safely.
- The armed groups belonging to both the government and the ethnic political groups must stop committing human rights violations against the local civilians in conflict areas, such as killing, forced recruitment for soldiers or frontline porters, inhumane treatment, and other abuses.
- All sides must cease confiscation of land and property from civilians. Soldiers must stop extorting and illegally taxing the people. And all troops must cease committing sexual violence against women.
In bringing peace, all sides must consider their past mistakes and agree to building a better future. Human rights, including the rights of minorities, must be respected. Wrongs of the past, such as cases of arbitrary killings and inhumane treatment, sexual violations, unlawful confiscation of lands, and other serious cases of human rights violations must be considered, and justice must come about.
June 12, 2011
The civil war in Burma has been protracted for many decades especially in all ethnic regions. Because of war and fighting between the central governments and different ethnic armed groups, not only the ethnic people in border areas suffered by war, conflict, fighting and human rights violations, but the majority Burman people in central part are suffered socially and economically. Read more
May 26, 2011
There are about 2100 political prisoners including ethnic leaders imprisoned for long-term imprisonment. They were put trial not because of their political activities, but the regime accused them because of ‘threatening the national security’, ‘motivating for instability’, ‘illegal printing and false information distribution’, etc. The former military regime, SPDC and the current military proxy regime, USDP, has constantly denied there is no ‘political prisoners’ in Burma. Read more
April 18, 2011
On the 31st of March, when the new government leader and former military commander, Lt. Gen. Thein Sein, took office in Naypyidaw, the capital of Burma, he promised a clean and good governance. This was his promise, but in practice, if he and his government do not allow various freedoms inherent in a democracy, the people will never believe that the government will bring them toward democracy. Read more