Administrator failed to take action against the head of a village militia group for removing street signs

September 19, 2019

HURFOM: Villagers of Kwan Hlar village, in Mudon Township, Mon State have filed a complaint against 3 people including the head of a village militia group.  The villagers  claim these individuals  wrongfully removed  8 street signs on January 27, 2019, and that the  village Administrator had failed to take any action.

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Women, peace and politics in Myanmar

September 19, 2019

HURFOM: Since 2016, there has been an increase of women’s participation in Burma’s peace process, however, there is evidence that this progress has not been sufficient.

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Mon State salt farmers suffer huge losses for two consecutive years

September 16, 2019

HURFOM: Salt farmers from Pa Nga village, Thanbyuzayat Township, Mon State suffered another huge loss due to heavy rains and flooding that began in early August of this year. This is the second year of heavy losses. In 2018, Pa Nga salt farmers lost roughly 2.6 million peittha or 4,238,000 kilograms of salt due to heavy rains and flooding. Peittha is the Burmese unit to measure weight.

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Flood victims feel extorted for transportation fees for donated materials

September 15, 2019

HURFOM: According to local sources, the village Administrator in Pauk Pin Kwin village, Yebyu Township, Tenasserim Division was charging (2,000) kyats to each household that suffered losses by the recent heavy monsoon. This fee was being collected to pay for the transportation of donated materials to aid flood victims.

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Government appoints 340 ethnic language teaching assistants in Mon State

September 12, 2019

HURFOM: The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Ethnic Affairs have jointly appointed over 300 non-Burmese ethnic language “teaching assistants” in government schools across 10 townships in Mon State for the 2019-20 academic year. These teaching assistants (TA’s) will be responsible for teaching Mon, Karen and Pa’O languages, according to the statement released by the two Ministries.

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Minorities concerned their ethnic titles may be lost

September 11, 2019

HURFOM: Non-Burmese ethnic minorities are expressing concerns their ethnic titles may gradually disappear due to an electoral and other formal registration systems that appears to favour Burmese or Burman titles.

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Government committee provides no solution for air pollution

September 9, 2019

HURFOM: On May 4, 2018, local people from Mawlamyine in Mon State called for the government to shut down air polluting factories in the Industrial Zone of Nyaung Pin Seik Ward, Mawlamyine.

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Survivors question management of Vice President’s donation

September 7, 2019

HURFOM: On August 9, 2019, 27 houses were damaged and 72 people died in a landslide in Ye Pyar Gone village, Thel Phyu Gone village track, Paung Township, Mon State. The Vice President and the Union Minister for the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement visited the affected area on August 12.  According to local reports, during their visit the officials wished to make a donation to each of the households that had survivors in the amount of 0.5 million Kyat.

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Locals demand government to protect them from possible landslide

September 4, 2019

HURFOM: Since 2018, the Sarsanar 2500 Monastery located at Sit Kel Kone Ward, Mawlamyine, Mon State has been constructing a four-story building on a hill on the monastery premises. During the heavy rains in August, 2019, there was soil erosion from the hillside and local residents living at the base of the hill worried about a possible landslide.

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Drug use on the rise: Unsupported belief in health benefits of kratom leaf risking Mon youth’s future

September 3, 2019

HURFOM: According to a 2017 report by the Mon Youth Progressive Organization (MYPO), drug use in some ethnic areas, throughout Burma is on the rise. MYPO interviewed 500 people from 10 townships in Mon State. Those interviewed were between 12 to 60 years of age, and had experience with drug use.

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