MNEC calls for the government to advance concrete policies and budget for mother tongue educational programs

February 26, 2020

HURFOM: On February 21, 2020, the Mon National Education Committee (MNEC) celebrated “International Mother Language Day” at the Rehmonnya Hotel, Mawlamyine, Mon State.  MNEC used the opportunity to demand that the government should adopt a concrete policy to promote mother tongue education within government schools.

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Government to take action to stop human trafficking and labour violations in the fishing raft industry

February 24, 2020

HURFOM: On February 14, 2020,at the 15th regular meeting of the second-term Mon State Parliament, Dr Aung Naing Oo, and lawmakers from Constituency #1 of Chaung Zone Township, Mon State submitted a proposal urging the government to take actions designed to stop human trafficking and human rights violations in the Tiger fishing raft industry and to promote Mon States offshore fishing industry.

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Activists call for a review of the Law Protecting the Privacy and Security of Citizens, citing articles directly violating freedom of expression

February 20, 2020

HURFOM: On March 8, 2017, the Union Parliament approved a law named, Protecting the Privacy and Security of Citizens 

On February 18, 2020, Athan, an organization that promotes freedom of expression, has called for the abolition of Article 8(F) of the law, and to amend other articles that gravely impact on freedom of expression.  

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Young people’s interest in voting in the 2020 election growing

February 18, 2020

HURFOM: Over 160 youth attended a seminar on how to cast their vote in the upcoming 2020 election.   The event was held at the Strand Hotel in Mawlamyine on February 15, and also demonstrated how to ensure your name is on the voter list.

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No progress with MCL to use plastic waste as an alternative energy to coal

February 18, 2020

HURFOM: Mawlamyine Cement Limited (MCL) operates a coal-fired cement factory in Pyar Taung Region, Kyaikmayaw Township, Mon State.  In August, 2019, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation for Mon State informed the factory to use plastic waste as an alternative energy source to coal, but there has been no reply , according to the Minister Dr Min Kyi Win.

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Girl raped by father is 6-months pregnant

February 17, 2020

HURFOM: A 39-year-old male from Kyar Inn village, Mawlamyine Township, Mon State has been charged with repeatedly raping his 13 year old daughter.  The child is reportedly pregnant. The charges were filed with the Mu Pon Police on February 11 by an elder brother.

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3 seventh grade students in Thanbyuzayat raped by astrologer

February 17, 2020

HURFOM: According to the Mon State Police Force, 3 school girls (ages 12 to 13)  in Thanbyuzayat were raped by a 28-year old male living near Young Daung village, Mudon Township, Mon state.

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Celebrating the 73rd Mon National Day: Unity and Inclusion

February 9, 2020

Today, the Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) is celebrating the 73rd Mon National Day, together with Mon communities throughout Burma/Myanmar and many parts of the world. We believe it is through unity that Mon communities can continue to heal and grow, and this year is particularly special for Mon communities who will head to the polls in the 2020 Elections with the recently formed Mon Unity Party (MUP) which merged the two largest Mon political parties.

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Locals demand rural health center for their village

February 6, 2020

HURFOM: Hinthar villagers in Ye Chaung Pyar, Ye Township, Mon State, are making demands for a health clinic in their community.  Currently, there is difficulty accessing health care services for women giving birth, for children to get vaccines and residents are concerned they do not have access to enough medicines.

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Land grab victims calls on NMSP to help resolve military confiscation of their lands

February 4, 2020

HURFOM: During the decades of military rule in Myanmar, rubber plantations in Thanbyuzayat Township, Mon State were confiscated and deemed to be “military-owned lands.” The New Mon State Party (NMSP) believes it is time to address this form of land grabbing.  The NMSP is calling for the military to withdraw from these lands and return the properties to the original owners.

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