Tensions flare after Department of Basic Education attempts takeover of Mon National School

June 17, 2019

HURFOM: Without first informing the Mon National Education Committee (MNEC), on June 6th 2019, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) placed a placard in front of a Mon National School in Ye Ngan Gyi village, Yebyu Township, Tenasserim division. The placard stated that the school, which hosts some 50 students, was now operated by the DBE. As stated by Nai Rot Ka Kao, a member of the MNEC, the decision to place the placard in front of the school without first informing the MNEC could lead to conflict between the two bodies. The DBE operates under the authority of the Union-level Ministry of Education and promotes a Bamar-centric curricula.

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Man arrested for the rape and murder of 4-year-old girl in Thanbyuzayat Township

June 14, 2019

HURFOM: On June 5th 2019, a 4-year-old girl from Aung Thu Khaw Ward, Kyaik Kha Mi Town, Thanbyuzayat Township, was raped, killed, and her body disposed of in a lake by a 28-year-old man who had relocated to the area for work. The perpetrator has since been arrested and charged for his crimes.

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With HURFOM’s support, human rights defenders chart path forward for transitional justice in Mon State

June 14, 2019

On June 7th 2019, the Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) hosted a Transitional Justice Working Committee meeting at the Rehmonnya Hotel in Mawlamyine, Mon State. The 10-member committee, made up of residents from Ye Township, Yebyu Township, and Thanbyuzayat Township, met to devise a one-year action plan on how best to initiate a grassroots transitional justice process to address past human rights violations in Mon State.

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Funding crisis leaves majority of Mon National Schools unable to accept students on first day of classes

June 6, 2019

HURFOM: According to Nai Rot Ka Kao, a member of the Mon National Education Committee (MNEC), nearly three-quarters of all Mon National Schools needed for the 2019–2020 academic year require renovation, reconstruction, or have yet to be constructed. Currently, the MNEC does not have the budgetary capacity to cover the associated costs, leaving village-level education committees responsible for securing their own funding to renovate or construct individual schools. The school year begins June 3rd 2019.

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Sharing the Spirit of Protection: HURFOM’s World Environment Day 2019 Statement

June 5, 2019

HURFOM: On this World Environment Day, the Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) stands in solidarity with the countless many in Burma/Myanmar and beyond whose lives have been disrupted by the consequences of environmental degradation. A healthy environment is one that provides for health and well-being, but when the air, land, and sea fall into disrepair, it is those most intimately connected to the natural environment that suffer most.

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After seeking to profit from the rape of a young girl, corruption allegations follow police across Mon State

June 4, 2019

HURFOM: Allegations of police corruption stemming from two separate incidents in Mon State’s Mudon and Thanbyuzayat townships the rape of a young girl and the possession of illegal drugs have led to the opening of an investigation into police conduct, and have prompted villagers to file formal complaints with various state and Union-level government offices.

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Army captain gets 10-year prison sentence for shooting death of innocent civilian

May 24, 2019

On May 20th 2019, the Mawlamyine District Court sentenced Captain Aung Ko Ko Min from Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) No. 587 to 10 years in prison for the shooting death of U Tin Soe Myint, a villager from Kalagoke Island, Ye Township, Mon State. The court’s decision comes one year and four days after the victim was shot and killed by the army captain for being unable to produce his National Registration Card (NRC).

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Mon State gov’t accused of extortion as villagers forced to forego compensation for land sold to Southern Myanmar Development Co. Ltd

May 23, 2019

HURFOM: Plantation owners from Aung Tha Pyay and Hnit Kayin villages, from whom the government purchased land to construct the soon to be completed Ye-Thanbyuzayat road, are accusing the Mon State government of extortion after the government withheld 20 percent of the compensation owed to each landowner. Villagers were to be compensated 10 million kyat (USD $6,519.22) for every acre of land they sold, but intimidation and threats of land confiscation have forced them to surrender one-fifth of their expected compensation to the government.

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Administrative delay and budgetary constraints prevent textbooks from reaching Mon National Schools

May 20, 2019

HURFOM: According to officials from the Mon National Education Committee (MNEC), the Union government has postponed the provision of new textbooks to Mon National Schools. The announcement comes as a shock to members of the MNEC who have come to rely on the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to provide textbooks at the beginning of each academic year. Currently, there is no clear indication of when the textbooks will be released, leaving the MNEC with little option but to purchase the materials from the DBE.

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Accusations of violating ceasefire agreement prompt NMSP to release Burma army soldier arrested for drug trafficking to Mon State police

May 9, 2019

HURFOM: On March 20th 2019, one Burma Army soldier and seven civilians were arrested by New Mon State Party (NMSP) authorities on charges of drug trafficking outside Kwan Hlar village, Mudon Township, Mon State. The eight were to be sentenced in accordance with NMSP law, though in compliance with demands from the Mon State government’s Ministry of Security and Border Affairs, on April 24th 2019, the NMSP released the soldier to the custody of Mon State police.

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