Weekly Update in HURFOM Targeted Areas [Week Two: March 2022]

March 14, 2022

HURFOM received rising cases of movement & travel restrictions by the junta in target areas including 8 incidents of moto + property confiscations.

Full Analysis:
It is undeniable that the military junta is losing their quest for power. Over one year since the failed coup, and Burma Army defections are mounting alongside a growing Civil Disobedience Movement. Armed resistance from local civilians who have taken up arms are defending their homes, villages and pushing back on the junta’s assaults. In response, the military has forced the wives and children of soldiers into training, and are putting police officers on the frontlines to fight.

May be an image of text that says "WEEKLY UPDATE IN HURFOM TARGETED AREAS WEEK TWO: MARCH 2022 A weekly update by the Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) on the situation on the ground. Summary data includes Mon State, Karen State and Tanintharyi region. HURFOM 6+ ARRESTED 4+ DETAINED 2+ INJURED O KILLED Total Arrested & Detained: 2,623+ Total Injured: 377+ Total Killed: 80 These numbers are based on reports from the media, HURFOM data, network members and civil society organizations starting from February 2021. The total numbers may vary."

HURFOM received more cases of movement and travel and restrictions by the junta forces in all target areas, including eights cases of motorcycle and property confiscations in southern Ye, Thanbyuzayat, and Kyaikmayaw Highway truck drivers said the junta security forces located in the security tollgate often extort money from them without any reason. Burma Army soldiers continue to try and undermine civilian mobility.

Travel and movement restrictions against local civilians by the junta forces in Dawei were tightened, according to the locals. Since March 6, security guards have been cracking down on passersby. They’re based on top of the Kamyawkin cement bridge, and demand all passengers and travelers wait in line to be checked. A young resident told HURFOM: “The main thing they ask is for the National ID card. If we don’t bring it, we will be denied entering the city or going out.”

Some were arrested without any reason but the junta suspected them as being soldiers or affiliated with the People’s Defense Forces, especially young men with new motorcycles. When they see a young person with an expensive looking vehicle, they are stopped and a ransom is demanded for their freedom. These types of incidents are happening daily, according to a 50-year-old local. In addition, according to the Dawei Political Prisoners Network, a 20-year-old Dawei civilian who was arrested during a guerrilla strike in Dawei has been sentenced to 28 years in prison. Hein Min Ko Ko (also known as Hein Lwin Htoo) was sentenced by junta-backed Dawei Prison Court on March 4 to 28 years.

Then, he was sentenced to 12 years in prison on charges of another exploding section 3/6 and 12 years in prison on section 3/5.. He was shot with rubber bullets on May 11, 2021, during a protest rally in the Bhone-Maw Ward, Dawei.He has been facing the trials without any lawyers. The junta authorities did not allow him to engage with any lawyers. According to the HURFOM archive, the 28-year sentence is the highest sentence ever received by Dawei political prisoners.

The Burma Army’s ongoing assaults against the people will not prevail. There must be justice and accountability for the crimes against humanity and war crimes which the junta is guilty of.

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