Weekly Update in HURFOM Targeted Areas [Week One: April 2022]

April 4, 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.

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Analysis

By the end of March 2022, HURFOM had documented a total of 12,177 people who have been displaced due to indiscriminate firing and shelling by the Burma Army in Kawkareik Township, alone. According to end of month summary documentation, there were at least 67 civilians arrested, 50 detained, 23 injured and 8 killed in target areas of Mon State, Karen State and Dawei.

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This week violence perpetrated by the junta, which targeted civilians, killed two boys in Thaton Township Kamar Sai Village. Artillery shells were fired during clashes with the Karen National Liberation Army on the morning of March 29 near the Rangoon-Mawlamyine highway, locals said. A forty-year old man was also shot in the abdomen. Over the week, civilians once again were caught in the crossfire of fighting in Taungkyainn village, Kawkareik Township. The homes of local people and a temple, including a monastery, were damaged by heavy artillery shelling by the military. HURFOM contacted some villagers, requesting the destruction of house information in Taungkyainn village on April 1 morning. Many homes are affected. The junta opened fire toward the village, and some motor shells smashed the monastery.

No one feels safe or secure in Burma, especially amid the lingering of pro-junta forces, such as plain-clothed police officers and informers. Fighting across all of HURFOM’s target areas of Mon and Karen States and the Tanintharyi region reflect the military junta’s lack of sincerity to any kind of peace building initiative. As HURFOM documented in our December 2021 report, the Burma Army is undoubtedly on a ‘trajectory of terror.’ Civilians are regularly abducted, extorted and deprived of the most basic of human rights.

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