2,000 in need of humanitarian assistance on Kalagoke Island in aftermath of cyclone Pabuk

January 21, 2019

HURFOM: Nearly 2,000 people are in need of humanitarian assistance, while schools, monasteries, and some 400 houses sustained damage after tropical cyclone Pabuk swept across Kalagoke Island, Ye Township, Mon State, at approximately 8 am, on January 8th 2018.

According to Kalagoke Administrator U Taung Sein, Pabuk was only the second tropical cyclone to hit the island in recent memory. In all, 396 houses, two schools, and two monasteries were damaged. Read more

13-year-old boy accused of rape, murder, and allegedly tortured by police, released on bail

January 17, 2019

WCRP: A 13-year-old boy taken into police custody in early November 2018, on suspicion of the rape and murder of his adoptive sister, was released on bail by the Zayar Thiri Police Station on November 20th 2018, as authorities could not amount any evidence to keep the boy in police custody or press charges under Article 376/302 (punishment for rape/punishment for murder) of the Penal Code.

Police suspected the boy of raping and killing his 8-year-old adoptive sister on October 18th 2018, in the Tar Yar Aye Quarter of Mawlamyine, Mon State. Although the boy’s neighbors informed the police, and could attest that, he had been playing with his friends in the village while the victim went missing, he was held at a Youth Care Training Center, under the control of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief, and Resettlement from November 2nd 2018, until his release. Read more

Three landmine blasts injure one, damage property, and livestock in Yebyu Township

January 16, 2019

HURFOM: One woman was injured, a buffalo was wounded, and two motorbikes sustained damage due to three successive landmine blasts on January 7th 2019, in Seit Pyo Yae village, Yabu village tract, Yebyu Township, Tenasserim Region.

The blasts, striking at 9 am, 10 am, and 12 pm, respectively, occurred along a heavily-trafficked road leading to a nearby plantation where many villagers work. Read more

Man charged under Penal Code 377 (Unnatural offenses) after male employee repeatedly raped

January 15, 2019

HURFOM: A 30-year-old employee says he was repeatedly raped and physically attacked by his male employer at the barber shop he worked at in Mawlamyine. The man filed a lawsuit at the Mu Pon Police Station on January 7th 2019. Read more

72nd Mon National Day experiencing a funding shortage

December 19, 2018

HURFOM: According to the Central Organizing Committee of the 72nd Mon National Day, there is currently a funding shortage affecting the preparations for the historic event.

The organizing committee held its 6th meeting in the Mon Public Hall in Mawlamyine on December 16th and the committee said plans to allocate approximately 120 million kyat (US $76,088.78) for the central celebration of the 72nd Mon National Day were currently experiencing a funding shortfall. Read more

Three villagers injured by landmines in less than two months as land dispute between the NMSP and KNU drags on in Yebyu Township

December 6, 2018

HURFOM: Three people have been injured by landmines in Yebyu Township in a one-and-a-half-month period from October 15th to November 29th 2018. The blasts have taken place in Kyaung Shar Kwin area, A Lae Sakhan village, Yebyu Township, Tenasserim Division, which is a mixed-controlled area between the New Mon State Party (NMSP) and the Karen National Union (KNU).

According to Nai San Tin, the A Lae Sakhan administrator, a private from the NMSP, a 30-year-old Han Gam resident named Min Mon Chan, and a 33-year-old A Lae Sakhan resident were injured on October 15th, October 28th, and November 29th, respectively. Read more

Locals in Mudon Township demand removal of illegally operating Chinese-owned factory because of negative environmental and health impacts

November 30, 2018

HURFOM: According to locals, a Chinese-owned factory in Mudon Township has been operating without the official permission of the Mon State government and is badly damaging the local environment. The Pin Lae Pyar Swan Arr Company is running an elephant foot yam operation between Hmane Ga Name and Kyauk Ta Lone villages angering local residents due to the reported negative health effects experienced by a number of locals.

We can’t sleep well at night because of the factory. When they are processing the elephant foot yam in the factory, there are loud noises and we’re awaken by the sound. The factory also produces dirty water and the runoff [into local paddy fields] make us itchy. The smoke emitted from the factory has a burning smell and we can’t tolerate it. [Once], a child had difficulty breathing because of the smell and was admitted to hospital,” said a villager from Kyauk Ta Lone village, Mudon Township. Read more

8-year-old girl raped repeatedly and threatened by her grandfather in Mudon Township

November 29, 2018

WCRP: In November, an 8-year-old girl from Htin Kone village, Mudon Township, Mon State, reported being raped five times by her maternal, 50-year-old grandfather, who she had lived with since she was 3 months old. The girl’s parents had migrated to Thailand five years ago for work. 

According to the young girl, the last incident took place on November 11th while she was watching TV in the afternoon. Her grandfather took her to his room and raped her. While he sexually abused the young girl, a 14-year-old girl from the neighbor’s house passed by in front of the victim’s grandparents’ house and saw the incident taking place. She then informed the perpetrator’s wife about what she saw. Read more

Military captain who shot and killed civilian on Kalagoke Island to be transferred to civic court: MNHRC

November 28, 2018

HURFOM: On November 16th 2018, according to a letter from the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC), Captain Aung Ko Ko Min from Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) #587, who shot and killed U Tin Soe Myint, a villager from Kalagoke Island, Lamine Town, Ye Township, Mon State, will be transferred to civic court to face further legal action. Read more

New seaport road in Ye Township leaves villagers upset over land grabbing and unfair compensation by Southern Myanmar Development Co. Ltd.

November 28, 2018

WCRP: Landowners in Ye Township, Mon State are upset with the Southern Myanmar Development Co. Ltd. over reported land grabbing and unfair compensation. The company is constructing a road to a seaport project between Nit Karen and Tha Pyay Thit villages, leaving many villagers unhappy.

My brother saw that they have planted red flags on our farm and he told me about it. They should not do it. Even though we were in the farm, they did not tell us and measured our land. The next day, they told us about it and said that they will look into the price of the plantation. Nit Karen’s village administrator, U Than Naing, threatened me, saying that my plantation is very close to the company’s area and if I did not sell it and accept the compensation that they will pay me, the company might be able to confiscate my land. Then he told me that if the company confiscated my land, they [village administration] could do nothing for me,” said Daw Kyin Hla, from Nit Karen village. Read more

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