HURFOM Releases “‘I Still Remember’: Desires for acknowledgement and justice for past and ongoing human rights violations in Mon areas of southern Burma”

December 10, 2017

 

In commemoration of International Human Rights Day, the Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) releases “‘I Still Remember’: Desires for acknowledgment and justice for human rights violations in Mon areas of southern Burma.” [Download Full Report | Brief Report | Brief in Burmese] Read more

Andin village committee members resign over lack of transparency with upcoming Offshore Supply Base

December 6, 2017

HURFOM: Two of the four members of the Andin Village Farmland Management Committee have resigned after refusing to agree to rezone 19.67 acres of farmland in Andin village track for use in the Offshore Oil and Gas Base, despite being pressured by the Ye Township General Administrator.

The two former committee members are U Maung Ye and U Min Myint Thein (Farmers’ Representative). Read more

Ye City Police accused of lack of transparency over handling of rape case

December 4, 2017

WCRP: A survivor of sexual violence is upset with the Ye City Police over the lack of transparency in the handling of her case. At approximately 11 pm on September 13th 2017, 50-year-old Than Htike, a migrant fisherman from Yangon, entered the 25-year-old disabled woman’s house in Karot Karae village, Andin village tract, and raped her while her husband was out night fishing. The victim’s family reported the case to the Ye City Police Station two days later. Read more

New committee formed to combat drug use in Ye Township, Mon State

December 4, 2017

WCRP: A new committee to combat drug use among youths in Ye Township, Mon State has been formed. The announcement came after a discussion on the issue of drugs was held on November 22nd 2017 in Ye Township. Around 450 individuals, including New Mon State Party (NMSP) officials, citizens, and monks participated in the discussions. Read more

Children from poor families more likely to face abuse: Mon Hluttaw Women and Children’s Rights Committee

December 4, 2017

WCRP: Children from poor families are more likely to face sexual abuse and labor exploitation, according to Daw Khine Khine Lei, Chair of the Mon State Parliament’s Women and Children’s Rights Committee (WCRC). Some of the most common reports received by the committee pertain to cases of sexual violence against children and child labor. Her comments came during the ceremony for the 28th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) held on November 19th 2017 in Pa Ouk village, Mawlamyine Township, Mon State. Read more

Villagers oppose local stone mining project near Hpa-an

November 29, 2017

On November 22nd2017, 30 villagers from Loon Nya village, Hpa-an Township, Karen State held a press conference in Hpa-an City to voice their opposition to a local stone mining project that may negatively affect the local environment and natural resources. Read more

Farmers in Kyaikmayaw Township shocked to learn land sold without any notification

November 29, 2017

Farmers in Kaw Panaw and Mae Garo villages, Kyaikmayaw Township, Mon State were surprised to learn that their land had been sold to June Cement Industry Ltd. (JCI) without any notification. At a local land forum on November 14th 2017, local farmers reported only finding out when applying for Land Use Certificates. Read more

Family upset over light sentence given to man who raped 3-year-old grand-daughter

November 27, 2017

WCRP: The family of a 3-year-old victim of rape is upset with the Mawlamyine District Court’s decision to jointly charge and convict the perpetrator of both rape and attempted rape. The inclusion of Section #511 (Punishment for attempting to commit offensives) under Burma’s Penal Code significantly reduced the sentence from 20 to ten years in prison, leading some activists to accuse the District Court of lack of rule of law. Read more

Paung Township environment and livelihoods under threat from stone mining

November 24, 2017

According to a press conference held on November 11th 2017by the Network for Social Development and Peace (NSDP)regarding their new report on the environment and human rights, locals in Paung Township, Thaton District, Mon State face a variety of abuses and environmental destruction from stone mining projects. Read more

Locals reject electricity generating project over worries about coal

November 22, 2017

Locals in Ah Nin village, Thanbyuzayat Township, are concerned over a contract between the Mon State government and Bedok Construction and Engineering (BCE) Co. Ltd. to provide electricity to communities in the area. Villagers are worried about the potential use of coal-powered plants to fulfill Mon State Chief Minister Dr. Aye Zan’s promise to bring electricity to many of Mon State’s communities. Read more

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