Local concern grows as tension between the NMSP and the Burma Army continues

February 16, 2017

On February 14, 2017, the Burmese military invaded and took control of two New Mon State Party (NMSP) checkpoints, increasing tensions that have existed between the two over the last several years.  

At the same time, the Burmese military have begun stopping and checking travelers on the Thanbyuzayat-Three Pagoda Pass Road, implementing travel restrictions as Burmese troops are now mobilizing near Three Pagoda Pass. Read more

Tension grows between the NMSP and the Burmese military

February 15, 2017

HURFOM: On February 14, 2017, the Burma Army took control of two New Mon State Party (NMSP) checkpoints along the Thanbyuzayat-Three Pagoda Pass Road and there are growing tensions between the two parties, according to an official from the NMSP. Read more

Over 1,000 People in Mon State Join Protest for Peace

February 8, 2017

On the morning of February 4, 2017, approximately 1,000 people participated in a demonstration for peace held in Mawlamyine, Mon State.

16650419_398614387145979_1710497110_nAccording to Nai Oung Mon, who is one of the organizers, “the purposes of this activity are to stop the conflict surrounding the ceasefire [talks] and to stop the violence in the country. The demonstration was organized through the cooperation of many people from various ethnicities including, Mon, Burmese, Pa’O, and Karen activists.

He added that, “when people exchange [debate] about politics in our country, we would like them to listen to the voices of the citizens very carefully. Then, they will know what our struggles are and can solve our problems as citizens.”

U Saw Myo Myint Hlaing, a Karen ethnic who is working for a local Civil Society Organization (CSO) in Mon State said that, “there are a lot of domestic wars in the country. We don’t want it. To get peace all over the country, we want all the Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and CSOs to participate in the peace process. Then we will see our country develop.”

When we [try to] solve the problem of conflict surrounding the ceasefire [talks], we have many ways to go about doing it, such as choosing to kill people or choosing to discuss [the end of conflict] peacefully. Everybody should have the right to survive, respect for human rights, and they must have the right to [freely] express [themselves],” said Nai Dhow Ong Chan, also present at the demonstration.

Daw Hla Myint who works for a CSO in Chaung Zone Township stressed the inclusivity of the protest, saying, “there are a lot of wars in the country. We don’t discriminate based on race, or whether you are rich or poor; we only focus on bringing peace to the country and participating in activities such as this.”

Nai Soe Thein from Ye Township, who also participated in the activity said, “the expense of the [current] war is much more than the expense allocated to education. When the political [system] is changed we shouldn’t have war in the country. The ethnic groups are poorer and we wish to stop the war in the country and thus we organized this activity.”

 

 

A 9-year-old girl raped in Mawlamyine

February 2, 2017

On January 23, 2017, a 9-year-old girl was raped by her aunt’s husband in Zay Yar Myine Ward, Mawlamyine. The offender is 31 years old and a father of two. He raped the girl in the morning as the victim was left home alone when her mother went to the market to sell goods. Read more

MNEC drafts Mon National Education Policy

January 31, 2017

HURFOM: On December 17 and 18, 2016, the Mon National Education Committee (MNEC) organized a public discussion in Lamine City, Ye Township, southern Mon State, regarding education policy. Around 200 participants, including leaders from the New Mon State Party (NMSP), Mon educators, and members from various CBOs and CSOs joined the discussion.  Read more

15-year-old girl raped by her father in Kyaikmayaw Township

January 17, 2017

WCRP: On November 15, 2016, a 15-year-old girl was raped by her 42-year-old father in Ka Line Ka Naing village tract, Kyaikmayaw Township, Mon State.

The perpetrator has two daughters and a son. On the night of the incident, his eldest daughter went to Rangoon/Yangon and his wife and son went to Kyaikmayaw Town and stayed there for one night. The perpetrator and his younger daughter were left at home alone. Read more

Attempted rape of a 9-year-old girl in Thanbyuzayat Township

January 17, 2017

WCRP: On November 3, 2016, an 18-year-old man attempted to rape a 9-year-old school girl in A— village, Thanbyuzayat Township, Mon State.

According to the girl’s grandfather who was witness to the event, 18-year-old Mg Seik Chan from A— village attempted to rape her at around 5 am in her home. The girl’s grandfather, [upon hearing the noise], rapidly woke up and saw him with the girl. He thought that a thief had come and was stealing something in their house. When he came to look, the perpetrator was running away. Read more

Yebyu residents worry about potential armed conflict after another NMSP and KNU skirmish

January 16, 2017

Due to another armed clash between the New Mon State Party (NMSP) and the Karen National Union (KNU) near Karone Ba Tie (Thel Phyu Chaung) village, Yebyu Township, Tenasserim Division, on January 11, 2016, locals have begun to worry that the conflict will continue to grow and they will be affected as a consequence. Read more

Deputy Speaker of the Mon State Parliament unhappy with pro-military protest

January 11, 2017

HURFOM: On January 8, 2017, the Mon State National and Charitable Associations Network organized a pro-military protest in Mawlamyine to publicly show support for the Burma Army who has been waging war in northern Burma. Approximately one thousand participants joined the protest. Read more

Anti-drug activities by police upsets locals in Mudon and Thanbyuzayat Township

January 6, 2017

HURFOM: In Mudon and Thanbyuzayat Townships, Mon State, local police forces have been conducting anti-drug activities, including arresting young men and boys in the village at night whom they allege, without any evidence, are drug dealers and users, which has local people feeling uncomfortable with the police’s actions.
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