Teenage girl in Mawlamyine Township overcomes every obstacle in search to hold her rapist to account

April 1, 2019

HURFOM: More than two years after she was first assaulted, a teenage girl from Zayar Thiri Region, Mawlamyine Township, Mon State is one step closer to justice as she awaits the sentencing of her uncle who has been detained by authorities since July 2018 on charges of rape. The girl’s husband, whom she was forced to marry in 2018, has also been detained on rape charges.

In 2017, following the death of her father and her mother’s second marriage, the girl and her younger brother were sent to live with their grandmother. It was in this residence that the girl was repeatedly raped by her uncle. Read more

Man arrested for attempted rape of his 17-year-old daughter in Kyar Inn Seik Kyi Township

March 22, 2019

HURFOM: A 50-year-old man from — village, Kyar Inn Seik Kyi Township, Karen State, has been arrested and detained by the New Mon State Party (NMSP) for the attempted rape of his 17-year-old daughter. The young woman reported the attack to the — village administrator who then informed NMSP authorities. It is alleged that the man has been abusing his daughter for years.

The incident occurred when the young woman, who now lives with her husband, had returned home to visit her family. Read more

Long-standing fear of military brought to surface after MNLA troops ordered to remove uniforms; civilians hit by military-owned vehicle

March 21, 2019

HURFOM: In what should have been a time of solemn remembrance, villagers’ deep-rooted fears of the military were brought to the surface owing to an encounter between the Mon National Liberation Army (MNLA) and the military, and another between the military and civilians.

On March 15th 2019, during the funeral ceremony for the venerable Abbot of Rehmonnya Nikarya Kaw Sein Monastery in Maw Kanin village, Ye Township, MNLA troops hired to provide event security were confronted by soldiers from Burma Army Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) No. 106 who demanded that MNLA forces remove their military uniforms. Read more

Thousands of kratom trees destroyed by MNLA in Kyar Inn Seik Kyi Township indicates need for more effective drug treatment options

March 18, 2019

HURFOM: According to reports, on March 1st 2019 Mon National Liberation Army (MNLA) forces razed a kratom plantation located near Hnint Wae village, Kyar Inn Seik Kyi Township, Karen State.

Under the direction of the the New Mon State Party (NMSP) in Kyar Inn Seik Kyi, MNLA forces entered the property and destroyed thousands of kratom trees grown as a cash crop by the owner.

The number of trees was in the thousands, so we had to use two trucks to bring them to our district base. I think there are a lot of kratom trees left behind…We haven’t destroyed them all,” said Nai Jee, the Secretary of the NMSP in Kyar Inn Seik Kyi.

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New report finds personal security concerns, lack of protection measures greatest impediment to women’s participation in politics

March 14, 2019

Women and Child Rights Program

In a new report on women’s participation in politics released by the Jeepyah Civil Society Development Organization (JCSDO), the JCSDO research team found that real or perceived threats to personal security figured as the greatest impediment to women’s participation in politics. Specifically, concerns about personal security coupled with a lack of special measures to protect women lawmakers when in the community, or on an extended business trip, were identified as major obstacles to increasing women’s participation in politics.

In conducting this research, the research team met with 30 lawmakers, 11 of whom are women, from Mon and Karen states, and Tanintharyi Region. The JCSDO team gathered the opinions of lawmakers regarding the role of women in positions of leadership and throughout all levels of the political process. Read more

Villagers in Ye Township hold press conference to condemn Excellent Fortune Development Group Company’s proposed stone mining project

March 11, 2019

HURFOM: In their latest show of opposition to Excellent Fortune Development Group Company Ltd.’s (EFD) planned stone mining project near Dani Thakyar and Magyi villages, Ye Township, Mon State, villagers held a press conference at the Shwe San Daw Pagoda in Ye on February 26th 2019 to spotlight how the project will put the livelihoods of many in the area at risk.

The project, which is to be undertaken by Shwe Aykarit Mining Company Ltd., a subsidiary of EFD, has been met with protest since 2017 when villagers sent a petition letter to Daw Tin Ei, the Speaker of the Mon State Parliament, after learning that EFD was planning to buy land near Mount Bleh Patoi, located between the two villages. Read more

International Women’s Day 2019 Statement

March 8, 2019

HURFOM: Today, the Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) is celebrating International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter because gender balance drives a better working world and is essential for communities to thrive. Key to achieving gender balance is to notice its absence, celebrate its presence, and to work every day to challenge the existing gender roles and relations that deny women full participation in society. Read more

In wake of silence from government, villagers in Kyaikmayaw Township hold press conference to demand justice for land confiscations

March 7, 2019

HURFOM: After their calls for restitution were met with silence from government, landowners from Kyon Kwel and La Mu Kho village tracks, Kyaikmayaw Township, Mon State, staged a press conference at Kyon Kwel’s Parami Dipadi Monastery to call attention to land confiscations carried out with impunity by former village administrators in the region.

Although Kyon Kwel and La Mu Kho are under government control, the Karen National Union (KNU) still exercises partial authority over land management in the area because these villages are recognized as falling within the boundaries of the KNU’s Dooplaya District. Read more

Fear of land confiscation increases in Thanbyuzayat Township as Military Training School reveals plans for expansion

March 1, 2019

HURFOM: As recently reported by HURFOM, residents of Wae Kalee village, Thanbyuzayat Township, have growing concerns about land confiscation upon discovering land-marking stones demarcating some 500 acres of local farmland, believed to be laid by forces training at the nearby Advanced Military Training School No. 4.

In the weeks since this report, the Advanced Military Training School has summoned Wae Kalee villagers to inform them of a planned expansion of the school’s training grounds, and under the guise of cooperation, has levied an arbitrary tax on villagers who continue to work on land that has been demarcated. Read more

Mon State government orders military-run factory to suspend operations after villagers sound the alarm on water contamination

February 28, 2019

HURFOM: Due to the actions of villagers in Ye Pyar Gone village, Paung Township, the Mon State government has ordered the Pa Don Mar soap factory, operated by the military-owned Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited (UMEHL), to suspend operations as waste water from the factory has contaminated the local water supply, destroying rice and vegetable crops and placing the livelihoods of farmers in Ye Pyar Gone under threat. Read more

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