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

Public outcry leads Hinthar Media to drop Mawlamyine Cement Limited (MCL) as a sponsor for public event

November 29, 2017

A Mawlamyine-based, private media group has faced serious public backlash over its choice of sponsor for their public event. On November 29th 2017, Hinthar Media organized a public debate sponsored by Mawlamyine Cement Co. Ltd. (MCL) on the “The Future of the Union of Mon Political Parties and Mon National Unity” held in Mawlamyine. 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

Pyar Taung region locals concerned about new coal powered cement factory under construction

November 22, 2017

HURFOM: Locals in the Pyar Taung region of Mon State have expressed concern over June Cement Industry Ltd.’s new factory which has begun construction near Malga Ro, Kaw Don, and Kaw Panaw villages. Read more

Authorities from MCL to hold another public consultation over cement factory complaints

November 22, 2017

HURFOM: On November 5th 2017, authorities from Mawlamyine Cement Limited (MCL) held a public consultation at the Dama Lawka monastery in Mawlamyine, Mon State, over complaints about its coal powered cement factory in Kyaikmayaw Township’s Pyar Taung region. The discussion was attended by 20 community members from Kyaikmayaw Township and ten monks. Read more

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