Witness to police torture case beaten and threatened by police in Paung Township

June 15, 2018

HURFOM: On May 21st 2018, Police Sergeant Thein Hline Oo and Police Private Shine Htet Aung, from Yin Nyein Police Station, tortured two villagers from Kyauk Ye Twin village, Paung Township, Mon State. Police Sergeant Thein Hline Oo has been charged under three sections of the Penal Code. On June 10th at around 4pm, Sergeant Thein Hline Oo was found back in the same village beating another villager, as he was reportedly angry with having been charged for the first beating. Read more

Locals worry about damage to their plantations as Mon State government gives green light to treasure hunters

June 15, 2018

HURFOM: Just weeks after Thanbyuzayat Township General Administration Department forced Golden Geo Myanmar Co. Ltd. to halt illegal excavations on the same site, on April 22nd 2018, the Mon State government officially granted permission to the Royal Eagle Myanmar Development Group Co. Ltd to excavate fabled caches of buried gold and other valuables said to have been left by retreating Japanese troops during World War II. The company has been given three months to excavate at Mount Mane Mala (Samane Blai) at the western edge of Thanbyuzayat Town, Mon State. The excavations have local residents worried about the potential damage to their plantations, as well as about the possibility of the company accidentally uncovering and detonating old Japanese cluster bombs. Read more

Villager tortured by police refuses hush money; files lawsuit against police

June 7, 2018

HURFOM: On May 21st 2018, Police Sergeant Thein Hline Oo and Police Private Shine Htet Aung, from Yin Nyein Police Station, tortured two villagers from Kyauk Ye Twin village, Paung Township, Mon State. On May 23rd the Chief of the Police Station and the Village Administrator came to the victims asking them to accept compensation and cover up the case, according to U Maung Gyi, one of the torture victims. Read more

Statement by HURFOM on World Environment Day

June 5, 2018

Today on World Environment Day 2018, HURFOM urges the Burma/Myanmar Government, ethnic armed organizations, corporations, and the international community to protect and preserve the environment and natural resources of Mon State and southern Burma. The livelihoods of local people depend on the conservation of this region’s various ecosystems. Read more

Military captain shot and killed civilian on Kalagoke Island

May 28, 2018

HURFOM: On May 16th 2018, Captain Aung Ko Ko Min from Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) No. 587 shot and killed a villager, U Tin Soe Myint, on Kalagoke Island, in Lamine Town, Ye Township, Mon State. The killing happened as a result of the villager being unable to produce his national registration card (NRC). Captain Aung Ko will be charged under military law.

According to police officer Myint Win, chief of the Mon State Police Force, the victim’s wife Daw Khin Swe Tin reported the murder to Lamine Police Station on May 18th. He added, “The captain was initially charged with murder under Article 302 of the Penal Code and detained in LIB No. 587. However since the perpetrator is in the military, we informed his battalion about this incident on May 19th. We are arranging to transfer the culprit to the Tatmadaw where he will be charged under military law.” Read more

Farmers suffer as electricity companies fight it out for power market

May 28, 2018

HURFOM: On May 22nd 2018, according to a local farmer, farmers from villages in northern Ye Township, Mon State, plan to petition the Mon State Parliament to remove utility poles from their farmland, which were installed by Bedok Construction & Engineering Co. Ltd. (BCE). Read more

Second case of child rape in a month in Ye township

May 24, 2018

On May 7th 2018, a 33-year-old man named Maung Naing Oo, from Duya village, Ye Township, in Mon State, was reported to have raped a 12-year-old girl from the same village in Ye Township. The perpetrator has fled from his home.

A police officer from Ye Police Station reported that the perpetrator, who had fled the scene, was charged on May 11th under Burma’s Penal Code Article #376 (punishment for rape). Read more

Man charged with rape of 12-year-old girl in Ye Township

May 24, 2018

On April 24th 2018, a 12-year-old girl from Patamyar Kyout Tan quarter, A Baw village tract, Ye Township, Mon State, was raped by a 19-year-old fisherman. The man was later arrested and charged under Myanmar Penal Code #376 (punishment for rape) and Penal Code #511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences) at the Ye Police Station.

Mi Tin Tin Win, Chairwoman of the Ye Township Mon Women’s Network explained, “The perpetrator is a friend of the girl’s brother. He often visits their house. On April 24th, the girl was home alone and sleeping while her mother was at work. The perpetrator came to her house and raped her.Read more

Two hundred people left to rebuild their homes and livelihoods from scratch after fire in Chaungzone Township

May 18, 2018

Thirty-six houses burnt to the ground in April as a fire ripped through A Pyine village, Kalaw village tract, in Chaungzone Township, resulting in 60,000,000 kyat (US $44,362.99) of damage and the displacement of families.
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Family learns of daughter’s rape by monk over social media

May 18, 2018

In August 2017, a 46-year-old monk who was teaching at a Mon Literature summer school in Lawka Thukha Monastery in Kwan Hlar village, Mudon Township in Mon State, repeatedly raped a nine-year-old student who was studying at the school. The monk’s nephew saw his uncle, the monk, rape the girl and he made a video recording which he shared with his friends. Read more

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