Villages in Thanbyuzayat Township to request use of government schools for Mon language summer classes

February 23, 2018

HURFOM: Even though the time for Mon language summer classes is approaching, some Mon villages in Thanbyuzayat Township have a shortage of class space and may be unable to provide summer instruction. This has led the Summer Class Committee to submit a request to the Mon State Ethnic Affairs Committee to provide accommodation, according to the Venerable Monk who leads the Thanbyuzayat Township Mon summer classes. Read more

Locals in Thanbyuzayat Township protest over encroachment on religious land

February 22, 2018

On February 19th 2018, about 200 residents from Kyaikkhami Town, Thanbyuzayat Township, Mon State, held a protest against the encroachment on religious land by local administration. The dispute concerns the use of land belonging to the Mya Sein Yaung pagoda by the local fire department. Read more

Lack of signals and gates at level crossings endangering citizen lives

February 14, 2018

HURFOM: The lack of signals and gates at level crossings in Mon State are a hazard to drivers and pedestrians, and are frequently the cause of traffic accidents and fatalities.

On February 6th 2018, a car holding three senior monks crashed into a train at the level crossing between Nai Pa Rai and Kwae Wan villages in Mudon Township. One monk succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the accident. Read more

MNEC to hold conference to draft national ethnic language education policy

February 14, 2018

HURFOM: The Mon National Education Committee (MNEC) announced that they will hold a two-day conference in May 2018 to collect data and information on ethnic languages and education around Burma. The MNEC will use this data to draft ethnic language education policies, which they will present to the union government. Read more

Customary land practices in Mon State and Mon areas under threat, according to new report

February 12, 2018

HURFOM: Civilians who rely heavily on land for daily survival needs face social injustice, according to a new report by the Mon Area Customary Land Tenure Documentation Committee (MACLTDC). The report released on February 11th 2018 in Mawlamyine looks at the customary land tenure practices of Mon people in their communities and followed more than ten months of public consultations and surveys. Read more

Mudon township locals angry over lack of funds and transparency in government water supply project

February 12, 2018

HURFOM: Local residents are upset after being asked to pay for the completion of a project to supply Ka Law Taw village, Mudon township, with water from the Winphanon Dam, after the Mon State government only budgeted 50,000,000 kyat (US $37,618) for the project. Currently, only three of the 13 wards in the village are supplied with water from the Winphanon Dam and locals are refusing to pay to finish the project. Read more

Group calls for greater legal training for village administrators as key to rule of law

February 12, 2018

WCRP: On January 12th 2018, the Mon State Rule of Law and Justice Coordination Team (RLJC) held an event in Mawlamyine with local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to identify and discuss the challenges to rule of law in Mon State. Read more

High expectations for development by local villagers after NMSP agree to sign NCA

February 7, 2018

HURFOM: After meeting with State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar Armed Forces, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, on January 23rd 2018, the New Mon State Party (NMSP) announced they will sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) on February 13th in Naypyidaw. Read more

Family of child rape victim upset after forged signature causes them to miss court date

February 7, 2018

WCRP: The family of a 13-year-old victim of rape from Pa Nga village, Thanbyuzayat Township, Mon State, is upset after learning that they had missed the perpetrator’s first court date after the mother’s signature was forged on the court attendance list. Read more

Lack of women’s participation in politics raised at Mon Political Conference

January 18, 2018

WCRP: Members of the women’s committee at the Mon Political Conference held last weekend in Mawlamyine, Mon State, have voiced their concern over the lack of women’s participation in politics. While women’s marginalization in the political sphere is slowly decreasing, they argued more needs to be done to encourage and empower women to engage politically. Read more

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