Weekly Overview: Human Rights Situation in Mon State, Karen State, and Tanintharyi Region
Fourth Week of November 2022

November 28, 2022

HURFOM: During the last week of November 2022 in Southeastern Burma, civilians were met with more devastation, fear and havoc by the military junta. The Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) has continued to document human rights violations in Mon State, Karen State and the Tanintharyi region. Civilians are being increasingly targeted as the Burma Army acts with no moral consciousness or concept of consequences. Soldiers lack humanity and an understanding of basic human rights norms, laws, and principles. Consequently, civilians are forced to face brutal assaults. Women, children, and the elderly are not sparred, nor are sacred sites such as religious places of worship (monasteries, churches, etc.).

On November 19, beginning at 5 AM, an estimated 120 junta soldiers from the Costal Regiment Command, based along the Dawei to Htee-Khee highway motorway, indiscriminately fired several mortar shells at the village located beside the highway. Due to these cruel armed attacks launched by the Junta forces, at least two villagers were injured, and more than ten houses were destroyed, according to sources on the ground.

Hundreds of villagers from three villages located in the areas, such as the village from Thingan-Ton, Wa Kone, and Leik-Kyae-Pyaung, were forced to flee the artillery attacks. Villagers said that in Wakone, the Burma Army ransacked the road with artillery weapons and occupied the areas.

One villager described the scene as ‘bullets falling like rainfall.” They continued, “It seems like the junta troops attempted to fire everywhere because they believed that the soldiers of the People’s Defense Forces were located in our villages.” Two young men, Myo Nyunt and Ko Myo, working on betel nut plantations near Wakone village, were hit by artillery shells and injured in their backs and neck. 

A resident from Leik-Kyae-Pyaung village said that the junta forces opened fire with heavy weapons, entered their village, broke the ownerless houses, raided at least ten places, and stole food and clothes. Only two weeks ago, more than 30 houses in Wakone village were broken down, and their belongings and materials were stolen.

Young people are being subjected to ongoing arrests, and unlawful detainment as the Burma Army carries out its campaign of fear and terror. Since November 19, eight youths have been abducted in a series of raids and search operations of suspected organizers of the ongoing silence strikes by the junta forces in Dawei District.

Family members of those arrested complained that because they captured the suspects without specific information, irrelevant people were affected. On November 20, Ma Khin Lay Nwe, a young woman, age 26, was arrested by the military intelligence and police forces. Her family maintains her innocence, saying she has opened a beauty shop in her home. A witness, age 30, told HURFOM in light of all the arrests, he suspects the military has not been successful in finding those responsible for planning and organizing the silence strikes. HURFOM confirmed that those who were forcibly arrested are still being detained at the Long Lon police station. Families believed these young detainees were tortured by the polices and jail authorities while interrogated.

The junta has also not hesitated to shoot with intent to kill. On 20 November, around 2 PM in Long Lon township, the Burma Army was inspecting pedestrians in front of the Public Hospital in Long Lon, when they opened fire on two young men on a motorcycle. One of them was seriously injured in his back. The other was caught and arrested. In that incident, the junta forces shot at two other innocent teenagers walking on the road. The two victims are siblings from Tha-byar Village; residents stated that 15-year-old Maung Wei Yan Aung died from a gunshot wound at the hospital.

 These attacks are further evidence of the impunity of the military junta.

Weekly Overview: Human Rights Situation in Mon State, Karen State, and Tanintharyi Region
Third Week of November 2022

November 21, 2022

HURFOM: Across the last week of November, civilians in Myanmar, particularly Southeastern Burma, were met with more violence and lawlessness perpetrated by the military junta. Soldiers who adhere to commands to assault civilians and disregard their fundamental freedoms are complicit in the demise of prospects for democracy in the country. Victims of the military’s brutal offensives know that there cannot be peace as long as weapons threaten their survival. 

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Weekly Overview: Human Rights Situation in Mon State, Karen State, and Tanintharyi Region
Second Week of November 2022

November 14, 2022

HURFOM: Across the first two weeks of November 2022, the Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) has already documented cases of murder, arbitrary arrests, and abductions. The first of our report on human rights violations by the junta over the last fourteen days can be viewed on a map indicating the abuse, and the location in Southeastern Burma where it took place. Civilians of all ages continue to be targeted by the military junta. The lack of accountability has only emboldened them to commit further acts of atrocity with impunity.

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Weekly Overview: Human Rights Situation in Mon State, Karen State, and Tanintharyi Region
First Week of November 2022

November 7, 2022

HURFOM: By the end of October 2022, the Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM), observed another period of unrelenting offensives. Among our monthly key findings, over 15 000 people were newly displaced across Mon State, Karen State, and Tanintharyi region target areas. In addition to over 70 people arrested, 47 were detained, 45 were injured, and nearly 20 civilian deaths. The attacks are widespread, systematic, and indicative of the Burma Army’s emboldening sense of impunity. Without urgent and immediate international action, the people of Burma will continue to wait amid significant hurdles to their safety and well-being that are worsening daily.

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Weekly Overview: Human Rights Situation in Mon State, Karen State, and Tanintharyi Region
Fourth Week of October 2022

October 31, 2022

HURFOM: As the end of October 2022 comes to an end, the Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) remains concerned and worried about the worsening hostilities in Southeastern Burma. The rise of arbitrary arrests and abductions, and subsequent unlawful detainment of civilians are in grave violation of many international laws.

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Weekly Overview: Human Rights Situation in Mon State, Karen State, and Tanintharyi Region
Third Week of October 2022

October 24, 2022

HURFOM: As the month of October comes to an end, the Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM), continues to document horrendous human rights violations perpetrated against innocent civilians. There is an ongoing rise of arbitrary arrests across all target areas of Mon State, Karen State and Tanintharyi region. Houses are being raided and broken into by lawless junta soldiers who fail to show any act of decency while doing so, at the very least having an arrest warrant.

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Weekly Overview: Human Rights Situation in Mon State, Karen State, and Tanintharyi Region
Second Week of October 2022

October 17, 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.

Military impunity continues in target areas of the Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) including Mon State, Karen State and Tanintharyi region. Southeastern Burma has been overwhelmed by the junta’s expanding presence and ongoing disregard for human rights. Innocent people are routinely being denied their fundamental rights as the regime targets them on unproven suspicions and accusations of supporting the thriving opposition movements across the country. Despite the junta’s attempts to terrorize the population into submission, civilians refuse to adhere to life under military rule and have maintained their calls for international intervention and advocacy.

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Weekly Overview: Human Rights Situation in Mon State, Karen State, and Tanintharyi Region
First Week of October 2022

October 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.

Over the last week the number of civilians forced to flee conflict in Southeastern Burma yet again increased. In addition to the ongoing human rights violations being perpetrated by the military junta who are systematically violating the rights of innocent civilians. The Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) condemns these mounting attacks which have continued to plunge civilians into uncertainty.

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Weekly Overview: Human Rights Situation in Mon State, Karen State, and Tanintharyi Region
Fourth Week of September 2022

September 26, 2022

HURFOM: As the month of September 2022 comes to an end, the Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) continues its monitoring of the security situation on the ground in Southeastern Burma, particularly in Mon State, Karen State and Tanintharyi region. Over the last few weeks, the situation is worsening against the backdrop of growing hostilities. Grave atrocities continue to be perpetrated by the military junta. 

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Weekly Overview: Human Rights Situation in Mon State, Karen State, and Tanintharyi Region
Third Week of September 2022

September 19, 2022

HURFOM: 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.

There are many challenges that civilians in Southeastern Burma are facing amid worsening military junta offensives. Those unlawfully detained are being forced to pay bribes as the economy continues to unravel. Inflation has made the cost of living nearly impossible for some households. And yet – the junta is demanding large sums for the release of innocent civilians. Over the last week, the Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) documented four cases of the junta demanding ransoms to free family members in Ye, Mon State. The situation is at a crossroads and is showing no signs of improving.

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