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

Locals reject MCL’s environmental assessment report of its coal powered cement factory

August 22, 2017

HURFOM: On August 17th 2017, a public consultation on Mawlamyine Cement Limited’s (MCL) environmental and social impact assessment (EIA/SIA) reports for its coal powered cement factory in Kyaikmayaw Township’s Pyar Taung Region was held at the Rehmonnya Hotel in Mawlamyine, Mon State. However, critics say the submitted reports are not in accordance with current environmental laws.

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Access to clean water a concern for residents near MCL’s cement factory in Kyaikmayaw Township

August 18, 2017

HURFOM: According to a local news agency, a public consultation on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Social Impact Assessment (SIA) reports on Mawlamyine Cement Limited’s (MCL) coal powered cement factory in Kyaikmayaw Township has been held at the Rehmonnya Hotel in Mawlamyine on August 17th and the Chief Minister of Mon State, Dr. Aye Zan, has joined the event. Read more

HURFOM: International Youth Day

August 12, 2017

Today, the Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) celebrates International Youth Day. Young people in Mon State and Mon areas of southeast Burma/Myanmar have a genuine desire to participate in their country’s transition to an authentic democracy that respects the rights of all its citizens. This is reflected in the large number of vibrant and diverse youth organizations throughout Mon communities on whose behalf they advocate. Read more

Thanbyuzayat Immigration Department accused of corruption

August 9, 2017

HURFOM: Several local residents have accused the Thanbyuzayat Township Immigration Department of corruption in the form of asking for or accepting bribes in exchange for expediting the application process.

In one case, a local resident applying for a new household document said she was asked to contribute to a fund for the Immigration Department. When she asked how much she had to pay, the staff replied that the amount was up to her. However, when the applicant pressed for the exact amount, the staff raised her hand holding up five fingers, indicating the applicant had to pay 5,000 kyat (US $3.66) extra for her document. Read more

Ye Township residents urge government to action over rising rates of drug use by young people

July 28, 2017

According to Ye Township residents, the use of narcotics amongst local students and young people is on the rise. Some believe this is due to poor anti-drug strategies by local authorities who fail to arrest and punish drug dealers and smugglers in Mon State. Read more

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