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

April 11, 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.

Analysis

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The violence by the military junta is fueling a refugee crisis. In Karen State, airstrikes and heavy artillery fire has led to over more than 600 internally displaced people in Kawkareik township, Karen State. Those fleeing are in desperate need of food, shelter, medicine and life-saving materials. However, the situation is worsened by the fact that the Thai authorities are blocking pathways to aid and turning back displaced people directly back into a conflict zone.

The junta also continues to extort information and material goods. The illegal practice of looting homes and civilian possessions continues across our targeted areas. HURFOM reporters estimated that extortion took place at 12 security toll gates where approximately more than 30 million Myanmar Kyats was stolen this week alone. The military is also responsible for intentionally destroying civilian homes. This week, two dozen were burned down, as well as 13 motorcycles. An additional 30 motorbikes were confiscated in Mon State and Tanintharyi region.

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Arbitrary arrest and warrantless raids continue to take place against the backdrop of the violence and terror being waged upon innocent people. Up to seven locals were arrested in the first week of April in Dawei. Among them are former reporters, Civil Disobedience Movement providers and a former police officer. On April 7, at 3PM, Aung Lwin, a former author, was arrested by the junta while driving through the Kamyaw Kin bridge’s checkpoint. There were strict checks at the bridge gate, and additional arrest warrants were issued by the junta. Another three people were also arrested one day after Aung Lwin was abducted. It is unknown at this time what prompted the arrest.

HURFOM calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners as well as an end to the unlawful targeting of civilians by the military junta.

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