It’s time to fight for justice for landmine victims

May 11, 2020

HURFOM: In Kyaung Shar Kwin Area, Yebyu Township, Tenasserim Division, innocent civilians are suffering from  landmine explosions.  Some have lost their legs and at least one person has died.

Most recently, in the early afternoon of May 4, a 37-year-old plantation worker stepped on a landmine. The blast took his right foot. Since late 2018, there have been at least 10 landmine explosions resulting in fatalities and serious injuries in Yebyu Township. Half of the incidents have taken place in the Kyaung Shar Kwin area.

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Mon civil society network responds to landmine explosions

May 11, 2020

HURFOM: The Mon Civil Society Network (CSO) issued a statement on May 8th in response to a growing number of  innocent villagers being injured and killed by landmine explosions in Ye Township.

Part of the statement reads,  “intentional use of landmines to attack civilians is a cowardly  and inhumane act that the Mon CSO Network totally opposes.”

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Political parties worry COVID-19 will affect election campaigns

May 8, 2020

HURFOM: On May 4, 2020, U Myint Nine, spokesperson for the Union Election Commission (UEC), told State Media the general election will be held this November. However, political parties are worried the restrictions on people’s movements and restricting the size of  gatherings to no more than 5 people,  will impact election campaigning.

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5 quarantine centers relocated due to local opposition

May 6, 2020

HURFOM: In May 2020, in order to accept Mon-State-resident returnees from Thailand, the Thanbyuzayat Township Administrator decided to create 5 community based quarantine centers. These were to be located in Thanbyuzayat City and at the Basic Education High Schools of Pa Nga and Kyone Ka Dat villages and Kyaikhami Town.

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Landmine seriously injures plantation worker

May 5, 2020

HURFOM: In the early afternoon of May 4, a 37-year-old plantation worker stepped on a landmine. The blast took his right foot.

The victim is a resident of Ham Gam village. He stepped on the landmine on his way home from the plantation, according to the Village Administrator.

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Rehabilitation plan relocates landslide victims: Survivors want to return to their village

May 5, 2020

HURFOM: On August 9, 2019, a landslide at Ma Latt Mount near Thel Phyu Gone village, in Paung Township, Mon State destroyed villagers homes and killed nearly hundred of people.

The Mon State government developed a rehabilitation plan that included identifying a new plot of land nearby the football field of Thel Phyu Gone village, and proposed to build new homes for the surviving families.

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Government must save Mon State rubber industry

May 1, 2020

HURFOM: The COVID-19 pandemic has driven rubber prices in Mon State to their lowest point and plantation owners and collectors say the government must find a solution.

The rubber price has hit rock bottom. One pound of rubber slices is now priced at only 300 Kyat. We can do nothing. Other commodity prices don’t decline. I have no idea how to deal with the situation,” said Nai Ba Lai, a rubber plantation owner from Mudon Township.

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Some villages in Ye Township have not received free food packs from government

April 27, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 crisis the government has provided free food packs to those without a regular income during the Songkran holidays. However,  according to village Administrators in Ye Township, Mon State, some families have not received this support.

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Water scarcity in Mon State worse and has come earlier than last year

April 24, 2020

HURFOM: Since March of this year, most villages in Mon State are experiencing water scarcities.  Conditions this summer are worse and have come earlier than last year.

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Returnee jailed for three months for breaching C-19 quarantine law

April 23, 2020

HURFOM: In order to try and contain COVID-19, the government had ordered all returnees to Myanmar  (migrant workers)  to spend 14-days in a community quarantine camp.  That protocol has now been amended to 21-days in a community based quarantine camp. If those quarantined show no signs of infection they can return to their home communities, but then they must spend another 7-days in strict home quarantine.

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