More than half of eligible voters did not cast votes in Chaungzone Township by-election

April 6, 2017

HURFOM: According to the All Mon Region Democracy Party (AMDP) only 38.4% of eligible voters participated in the April 1 by-election in Chaungzone Township, Mon State. Only 48,532 of Chaungzone Township’s 126,225 eligible voters cast their vote. Read more

Protestors to send appeal letter to Myanmar National Human Rights Commission over bridge name in Mon State

March 30, 2017

The central organizing committee of protesters opposed to the controversial decision to name a bridge after General Aung San in Mon State held a press conference in Dar Tu Marla Monastery, Mawlamyine on March 29.

The committee announced they would send an appeal letter to the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission among other government departments. Read more

WCRP releases “Cracks in the Silence: Sexual violence against children and challenges to accessing justice in Mon State and Mon areas of southeast Burma”

March 23, 2017

Today HURFOM’s Women and Child Rights Project (WCRP) releases their latest report, “Cracks in the Silence: Sexual violence against children and challenges to accessing justice in Mon State and Mon areas of southeast Burma.”Report in English | Burmese Read more

30,000 people protest Union Parliament’s approval of controversial bridge name

March 21, 2017

On March 19, thousands of residents from across southeast Burma gathered in Mawlamyine to continue protesting against the controversial decision to name a bridge after General Aung San in Mon State.

Protestors included Mon civilians and monks, as well as other ethnic groups who came out to show their support, including Karen and Pa-O participants. Read more

Mon Youth Forum throws support behind local Chaungzone candidate in upcoming by-election

March 20, 2017

HURFOM: On March 11, the Mon Youth Forum (MYF) announced they will be supporting the All Mon Democratic Party (AMDP) candidate Nai Win Tun from Chaungzone Township in the upcoming by-election scheduled for early April. Read more

Mon National Schools face funding crisis over teacher salaries

March 15, 2017

HURFOM: Mon National Schools are currently facing a funding crisis for teacher salaries, according to Nai Ongjanah from the Mon National Education Committee (MNEC). The former teacher made the remarks while being honoured at the Thanbyuzayat Township 35th Academic Recognition Ceremony organized by the MNEC fundraising committee.
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14th Annual Mon Women’s Day celebrations held in Mawlamyine

March 15, 2017

On March 9, 2017, Mon women joined together in celebration of the 14th annual Mon Women’s Day held in Mawlamyine, Mon State.

The event was organized by five Mon groups, including the Mon Women’s Organization (MWO); the Saytanar Foundation; the Border Health Initiative; the Mon Youth Educator Organization; and the Women’s Empowerment Project. Read more

Over 5,000 people protest proposed bridge name in Mon State

March 9, 2017

On March 2, 2017, approximately 5,000 people from Mon State participated in a protest against the naming of a bridge linking Mawlamyine and Chaungzone townships after General Aung San.

Demonstrators shouted: “We want national prestige! (We want it, we want it!); We want acknowledgement of the will of the indigenous people! (We want it, we want it!); Immediately stop defying the will of the people! (Stop right now, stop right now!); We want our [traditional] name! (Rehmonnya! Rehmonnya!).” Protesters held signs written in both Mon and Burmese as they marched to the bridge from Ma Hee village. Read more

Over 2,000 local Pyar Taung residents participate in demonstration against coal-power plant

March 1, 2017

HURFOM: On February 18, 2017, over 2,000 locals from Pyar Taung region demonstrated against the use of a coal-power plant to provide electricity for the local cement factory in Kyaikmayaw Township, Mon State. The cement factory, built by Mawlamyine Cement Limited (MCL), is located between Kaw Don and Kaw Panor villages in Kyaikmayaw Township, Mon State. MCL, a joint-venture between Siam Cement Group (SCG) and Pacific Link Cement Industries (PLCI), has been operating since September 2016. Read more

Mon State Minister resigns over bridge naming controversy

February 24, 2017

HURFOM: Mon State Minister, U Min Min Oo, has resigned following controversy surrounding the naming of the Than-Lwin Bridge between Chaungzone and Moulmein townships.

U Min Min Oo is also the Mon State Minister for Municipal Development and Construction. On February 8, 2017, local community members, including monks, began organizing protests against the naming of the newly constructed bridge after General Aung San. Read more

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