Mon people not reporting to “Special Anti-drug Reporting Center” due to lack of trust and awareness

June 4, 2020

HURFOM: On June 1, 2020, the President Office released a statement related to drug arrests reported to the ‘Special Anti-drug Reporting Center.’ According to the statement there have been 18 drug arrests but there have been no reports filed from Mon State.

Mon State ranks high in drug problems. But why was there no report? Frankly, people don’t trust the reporting mechanism,” said an activist from Ye Township.

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KNU arrests Mon adolescents and demands heavy fine

June 4, 2020

HURFOM: On May 28, 2020, the Karen National Union (KNU) arrested 4 Mon adolescents, accusing them of using illicit drugs, at a rubber plantation near Ngar Kalay stream of Kyaung Yaw village, Ye Township, Mon State.  The KNU  demanded 2 million Kyat for their release, according to family members of the detainees.

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MNEC conducts a survey to start school season

June 2, 2020

HURFOM: With the start of the school season, the Mon National Education Committee (MNEC) is conducting a survey to better implement protective measures against COVID-19.

We’re collecting data related to how to start the school season. We’re considering how to manage students and timetables. [This includes surveying what] protective measures we should implement, for instance, how to use surgical masks and hand sanitizer and where to place hand washing basins. We’re collecting data on how we should implement protective measures,” said Min Aung Zay, the Director of the MNEC.

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New Documentary Highlights Challenges Amid COVID-19 for Civilians in South-Eastern Myanmar

June 1, 2020

The Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) has released a new documentary on the response to COVID-19 in southeastern Myanmar. The film titled, “Reflections on Grassroots Livelihoods During COVID-19” spotlights the challenges faced by farm laborers, returning migrant workers, and those living in remote areas and IDP villages. Many of the hardships experienced are a result of the area movement restrictions and lockdown decrees imposed by local governments and the New Mon State Party (NMSP).

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Students can use ethnic titles but adults must use Burmese titles

May 27, 2020

HURFOM: The Department of Basic Education has decided to start the school season on July 21, 2020, and announced that parents could register their children with their own ethnic titles.

Not only in this academic year but in previous years, we accepted ethnic names. We registered the students’ names in accordance with their parents’ desire. We’ve requested a birth certificate during student registration. If Burmese midwife puts the Burmese title “Maung or Ma” in the certificate, we also have to put “Maung or Ma”. If the parents don’t want to put Burmese title, please don’t write in the certificate. But if the parents want to correct, we also fulfill their desire. When the school teachers put Burmese titles in ethnic names, the parents can complain that they don’t want to put Burmese titles. If not, it’s difficult to correct after the name is recorded in the school registration list,” said U Min Htay Oo, the Chief of the Ye Township Department of Basic Education.

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Detainees can’t pay KNU imposed fines

May 26, 2020

HURFOM: On May 7, 2020, No. 4, The Karen National Police Force ( an entity within the KNU) arrested 37 young Mon people for possession and sale of illicit drugs and kratom leaves, and imposed heavy fines.

The KNU’s police force is active in Win Ye Township, Dupalayar District.  Each arrested person was informed they must pay 500,000 Kyat for their release.  The KNU also demanded at least 500,000 Kyat for a motorbike.

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Mon State government orders reduction in electricity fees, but private company refuse

May 21, 2020

HURFOM: In response to the COVID-19 crisis and to provide residents of Myanmar with some economic relief, the National Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), and the Ministry of Electricity and Energy announced that 150 kWh of residential electricity consumption from April 1 to 30, 2020,  and 75 kWh of consumption from May 1 to 15, 2020 would be delivered free.

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NMSP says, they have not experienced interference from government and military for its COVID-19 activities

May 19, 2020

HURFOM: The New Mon State Party (NMSP), one of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) signatories, has been implementing COVID-19 prevention and control measures with no interference from the government or military, reported Nai Bnyair Lel, Chief of the NMSP Home Affairs.

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Mon CSO Network urges NMSP and KNU to hold a dialogue regarding landmines

May 15, 2020

HURFOM: In Yebyu Township, Tenasserim Division, frequent landmine explosions have caused casualties and numerous injuries, primarily to civilian villagers.

In response, on May 14, 2020, the Mon CSO Network urged the New Mon State Party (NMSP) and the Karen National Union (KNU), who are both active in that area,  to have a dialogue in order, for those responsible for the placement of the mines, to be held accountable and for victims to seek justice.

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KNU arrest 37 young drug users and imposes heavy fines

May 13, 2020

HURFOM: On May 9, 2020, Anti Drug Special Forces of the Karen National Union (KNU)  arrested 37 young drug users from Thanbyuzayat Township, Mon State imposing heavy fines for their release.

The KNU demanded 500,000 Kyat for each arrested person and 500,000 Kyat for a motorbike. Only those able to pay the fine were released from custody. 

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