Farmers upset as Burma Army destroys rubber plantations on previously confiscated lands

September 15, 2017

Farmers in Jone Paw village near Ye City, Ye Township, Mon State are upset that Burma Army Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) #586 has been clearing confiscated rubber plantations and selling the wood. According to reports, four plantations have already been destroyed.

The military cut the trees and sold them without any notification to the owners. The military said that they cut the plants as they were no longer productive, but all my plants are good. They have already cut 1,000 plants from my farm,” said Daw Ngwe Pin, a local rubber farmer. Read more

Attempted rape of 11-year-old girl in Ye City

September 15, 2017

On August 26th 2017, a 17-year-old man attempted to rape an 11-year-old school girl in the An Na War Quarter of Ye City, Ye Township, Mon State. The girl’s grandmother reported the case to the Ye City Police the next day.

On the evening of the incident, the girl’s grandparents were sleeping in their bedroom, while their son, their 12-year-old grandson, and the 11-year-old girl were sleeping in the front of the house. The grandmother was awoken when her brother living in the house next to them began shouting her name around 1 am in the morning. Upon rising the grandmother saw the door to the house was open. The grandmother then heard shouting from her granddaughter and exited the house to find the girl outside without any pants. Read more

Worry continues despite withdrawal of Burmese troops from NMSP controlled areas

September 14, 2017

HURFOM: According to reports, on August 10th 2017, around 70 Burmese military troops were ordered back from the New Mon State Party (NMSP) controlled Kanbauk village area in Kyar Inn Seik Kyi Township, Karen State, leaving approximately 30 active Burmese Army troops. Despite the withdrawal of the troops, worry of future conflict still remains among villagers.

On the evening of August 10th the Burmese troops went back. But [we worry] they will come back again. We can’t stay calm even though there is no more [Burmese Army] troops coming into our region. We’re worrying that they [NMSP and the Burmese Army] will fight each other again like in the past,” said Nai Jel Toi Nai of Kyar Inn Seik Kyi Township. Read more

Traditional weaving businesses in Mudon Township struggling to survive

September 14, 2017

HURFOM: Traditional weaving businesses in Mudon Township are struggling to survive due to declining profitability with the influx of modern weaving technology.

“Nowadays, traditional weaving businesses cannot compete with modern weaving machines, so they will gradually disappear. We are stuck with this job because we can’t do other work and don’t have enough money to invest in another business. Even if it isn’t profitable enough, this is all we can do [for our livelihoods]. After paying wages to workers, only enough for our meals is left for us. It’s impossible to do traditional weaving as a long-term business. The world is changing everyday,” said a weaver from Kyaik Roi. Read more

Private company to provide electricity for southern Burma

September 14, 2017

HURFOM: On August 19th 2017, Bedok Construction and Engineering Co., Ltd. (BCE) organized a public consultation meeting with local community members in the Rehmonnya Monastery in Lamine, southern Ye Township, Mon State. Company officials, member of Mon State Parliament Dr Min Soe Linn, the village administrators of Lamine Sub-township, as well as local villagers joined the meeting to discuss about providing electricity in their regions. Read more

Fake news on social media leave Mon locals worried about terrorist attacks

September 14, 2017

Rumors and fake news spreading over social media of potential explosive attacks in Mon State by Muslim sympathizers have some locals concerned.

“From one user to another there is a message warning [people] not to travel from September 11th to the 25th as Muslim people have been planning to organize a Jihad war. I can’t say the news is true, but we feel there is a possibility so we’re afraid of being attacked and we have to be careful [in our daily life],” said Nai Jel Toi Nai from Kyar Inn Seik Kyi Township. Read more

Thaton District jail cells overflowing with young drug users

September 8, 2017

HURFOM: There are not enough cells in Thaton District’s jail to deal with the youth drug problem, according to Nai Nyan Seik, an office administrator for the New Mon State Party (NMSP) in Thaton District, Mon State.

His comments come after the Thaton District NMSP has recently received an overwhelming number of parents asking for help with their children who are abusing amphetamines. Read more

Villagers living in fear amid increasing Burmese military incursions into NMSP controlled areas

September 1, 2017

HURFOM: According to reports, Burmese military forces have increasingly trespassed into areas controlled by the New Mon State Party (NMSP) in Thaton Township, Mon State and Kyar Inn Seik Kyi Township, Karen State, leading to fears of armed skirmishes by locals.

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Yebyu locals in ‘tough situation’ as Forest Department claims their land is in reserve forest areas

August 24, 2017


HURFOM: On July 5th 2017, Irrawaddy Green Towers Ltd. (IGT) — a local telecommunications company — demanded Mi Aye Aye pay back 900,000 kyat (US $662.30) in rentals fees they paid for her land after the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry declared her land within the reserve forest area of the Forest Department. Forty-seven-year-old Mi Aye Aye’s land is located in Ah Lel Sakhan village, Log Tie village tract, Kalane Aung sub-township, Yebyu Township, Tenasserim Division. Read more

Burma Navy Unit #43 tortures 6 marine workers, killing 1 in Yebyu Township

August 23, 2017

On August 12th 2017, Burma Navy Unit #43 arrested and tortured six of eight marine workers, resulting in the death of one worker. The eight men were fishing for crab on an island near Mae Tan Taung village, Kywe Tone Nyi Ma village track, Yebyu Township, Tenasserim Division. Read more

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