Burmese (Myanmar) Army and BGF troops steal over 75 Million ($50M USD) Kyat from Palaing Japan Villagers

December 9, 2019

HURFOM: The village leaders in Palaing Japan village (literal translation-Japanese Well) have calculated the losses of stolen belongings and damaged property, during the raid of Burmese Army and Border Guard Force (BGF) on the 27th of November.  They calculate villagers lost approximately 55 million Kyat, from looting by armed soldiers.  Added to this loss the soldiers also took a Toyota Tiger model (D4D) truck, with an estimated value of 20 million Kyat, from the village.

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NMSP: Burmese Army and Karen BGF breach NCA

December 5, 2019

HURFOM: On November 27, 2019, the Burmese army and the Karen Border Guard Force (BGF) attacked the New Mon State Party (NMSP) military base in Japanese Well village, near the Three Pagodas Pass area at the Thai-Burma border. The armed forces  took control of the base and village. In order to resolve the conflict, the NMSP is submitting a report to the Joint Monitoring Committee-Union (JMC-U) and the National Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC), according to a source from the NMSP.

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An interview with Japanese Well internally displaced persons (IDPs)

December 4, 2019

HURFOM: Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) conducted a short interview with internally displaced people (IDP) who fled their homes in Japanese Well due to armed conflicts that began on November 28th, between the New Mon State Party (NMSP) , the Burmese military (Tatmadaw) and the Karen Border Guard Force (BGF). Many of these internally displaced people have taken shelter at a Mon monastery in Sangkhlaburi, Kanchanaburi, Thailand.

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Mon State government plans to build deep seaport at Kalagoke island

December 3, 2019

HURFOM: The Surbana Jurong Group from Singapore launched their “Mon State Investment Affair 2019” at the Strand Hotel in Mawlamyine on the 29th and 30th of November, with the support of the Mon state government.

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47 year old male charged with buying a minor for the purpose of prostitution

November 29, 2019

HURFOM: Local people in Myay Nee Kone Ward, Mawlaymine, Mon State, noticed a young girl crying in front of a guest house near the train station. They contacted the police in Dye Wun Kwin.

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Fighting between NMSP and Burmese army forces 500+ villagers to flee homes

November 28, 2019

HURFOM: At 9:30 am on November 27, 2019, the Burmese army and the Karen Border Guard Force (BGF) invaded the New Mon State Party (NMSP) base near Japanese Well village, Three Pagodas Pass (TPP), Kyarinnseikyi Township, Karen State. There was an armed clash between the two parties. More than 500 villagers had to flee their homes and took shelter at a Mon monastery in Thailand, according to the local sources.

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Slow progress of peace process impacting beach development outside of Ye

November 27, 2019

HURFOM: According to the village Administrator and shop owners, the development of the beach at Kabyar Wa, Ye Township, Mon state, is moving slowly because the peace process has been stalled. 

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Kidnapping and extortion crime ends in death of young child in Ye township

November 26, 2019

HURFOM: A child, just under two years of age, was abducted and killed on 18 November 2019 according to sources within the police department in Ye.  The incident took place in the Old City Quarter, Ah Sin village tract, Ye Township, Mon state.

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Andin villagers fight off a 2nd mega-project threatening their livelihoods and community

November 26, 2019

HURFOM: Toyo Thai Company Ltd. tried to build a 1,280-megawatt coal-fired power plant near Andin village, Ye Township, Mon State in 2015.  The project was valued at 2.8 million dollars USD.

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Local people demand there be full responsibility and accountability for negative environmental impacts from cement industry project

November 19, 2019

HURFOM: June Cement Industry Limited held a meeting with local villagers in the monastery of Mae Garow village in Kyeikmayaw Township on 18 November 2019 as part of a required Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for its  planned cement industry building.

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