Administrative delay and budgetary constraints prevent textbooks from reaching Mon National Schools

May 20, 2019

HURFOM: According to officials from the Mon National Education Committee (MNEC), the Union government has postponed the provision of new textbooks to Mon National Schools. The announcement comes as a shock to members of the MNEC who have come to rely on the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to provide textbooks at the beginning of each academic year. Currently, there is no clear indication of when the textbooks will be released, leaving the MNEC with little option but to purchase the materials from the DBE.

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Accusations of violating ceasefire agreement prompt NMSP to release Burma army soldier arrested for drug trafficking to Mon State police

May 9, 2019

HURFOM: On March 20th 2019, one Burma Army soldier and seven civilians were arrested by New Mon State Party (NMSP) authorities on charges of drug trafficking outside Kwan Hlar village, Mudon Township, Mon State. The eight were to be sentenced in accordance with NMSP law, though in compliance with demands from the Mon State government’s Ministry of Security and Border Affairs, on April 24th 2019, the NMSP released the soldier to the custody of Mon State police.

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No reason to celebrate: 11-year-old victim of brutal attack denied justice when police cite Thingyan as reason to delay investigation

May 6, 2019

HURFOM: A 30-year-old man from Ni Ton (Nidon) village, Kyaikmayaw Township, Mon State continues to evade arrest for the assault of an 11-year-old girl. It is alleged that the perpetrator, Nai B—, attempted to rape the young girl after finding her asleep near his home on April 15th 2019. At this time, it is unclear whether authorities are in pursuit Nai B—, and if the decision to delay processing this case allowed Nai B— to flee Ni Ton (Nidon) village undetected.

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HURFOM’s World Press Freedom Day 2019 Statement

May 3, 2019

Today, the Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) is celebrating World Press Freedom Day. HURFOM believes that a free and independent press is the foundation of a functioning democracy, and that any action taken to intimidate or silence journalists, and thus obscure and conceal the truth, is an attack on the principles of freedom, justice, equality, and representation upon which democracy rests. Press freedom holds the powerful to account, ensures that institutions remain fair and impartial, and provides people with the information they need to make informed decisions and exercise their political agency.

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Plantations abandoned and peace of mind lost after 5th villager wounded by landmine in Kyaung Shar Kwin area since October

May 3, 2019

On April 23rd 2019, Daw Hnin Se, a 63-year-old woman from the Kyaung Shar Kwin area, near Alae Sakhan village, Yebyu Township, Tenasserim Region, lost the large toe on her left foot when she stepped on a landmine while harvesting betel nuts. The woman was admitted to Dawei General Hospital following the incident but has since relocated to Yangon General Hospital with the financial support of area residents.

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Villagers point to Mawlamyine Cement Limited as concerns over environmental degradation and climate change grow

May 2, 2019

HURFOM: Increasing temperatures have prompted residents of Kaw Pa Naw village, Kyaikmayaw Township, Mon State to voice their concerns about climate change, with some linking local environmental changes to Mawlamyine Cement Limited’s (MCL) nearby operations.

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Soldiers who killed 7 civilians in Anan Kwin village to face criminal charges

April 11, 2019

HURFOM: As previously reported, seven villagers, including 3 children, were shot dead by members of Burma Army Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) No. 339 in Anan Kwin village, Kyar Inn Seik Kyi Township, on April 5th 2019.

HURFOM has now learned that the eighth victim, who was initially reported to have died in hospital, regained consciousness on April 10th 2019. According to a friend of the victim, Mi Poe sustained serious injuries to her left abdomen and is still in critical condition. Read more

Government imposes unpopular rule aiming to reverse declining fish stocks, villagers say Mawlamyine Cement Limited to blame

April 10, 2019

HURFOM: Fisherfolk in Kyaikmayaw Township, Mon State, say that a ban on small-gauge fishing nets, which the government claims have contributed to declining fish stocks and biodiversity in the Attran River, are misdirected and will lead to increased financial hardship. In response to the ban, fisherfolk say they will continue to use these nets despite the risk of penalty and have placed responsibility for the decline on Mawlamyine Cement Limited (MCL). Read more

8 villagers shot dead in Anan Kwin village by members of Light Infantry Battalion No. 339

April 6, 2019

HURFOM: On April 5th 2019, at approximately 3:30 am, seven villagers from Anan Kwin village, Kyar Inn Seik Kyi Township, Karen State were shot dead by two soldiers from Burma Army Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) No. 339. An eighth victim later died in hospital. In the wake of these events, villagers have begun to fear for their safety and well-being. Read more

Living Between 3 Fires: HURFOM’s International Mine Awareness Day 2019 Statement

April 4, 2019

HURFOM: Today, the Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) is celebrating the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. This year’s theme, “United Nations Promotes SDGs – Safe Ground – Safe Home,” reminds us that landmines, explosive remnants of war, and improvised explosive devices are not found on some distant battlefield, rather, they are weapons of war that contaminate the very lands upon which millions of innocent men, women and children live, work, and play. Not only do these ordnances maim, kill, and ultimately rob civilian populations of the right to life, liberty, and security of person, they prohibit internally displaced persons and refugees from returning to their rightful homes, and can impede social and economic development by preventing communities from fully utilizing their lands and resources. Read more

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