Jeopardy for the poor: Opportunity for the rich

December 2, 2020

Land grabbing during COVID-19 in Southern Ye Township

Despite work and travel bans imposed across Myanmar, a mining company has unlawfully and secretly bought land and plantations in the Magyi village track, in Southern Ye Township, Mon State. The conduct of the company has provoked conflicts within the community, and has led to negative impacts on the livelihoods of local villagers.

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Three rape cases involving minors in Kamarwat township

December 1, 2020

HURFOM: In the month of November, 2020, three incidents involving the rape of minors took place in Kamarwat Town, Mudon Township, Mon State. The victims were between the ages of 14 to 17.  The rapists have been identified as either neighbors, friends or boyfriends.

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NLD candidate faces charges for allegedly breaching electoral laws

November 26, 2020

HURFOM: On November 23, 2020, Daw Khin Myo Myint, a National League for Democracy (NLD) candidate in the Kyaikmayaw Mon State Parliament Constituency #1 race was charged with breaching electoral laws. 

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MNEC in financial crisis as donors cut funding

November 25, 2020

HURFOM: The Mon National Education Committee (MNEC) is facing a financial crisis for the next academic year as donors plan to cut funding.

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MUP questions some electoral results: Township Election Sub-commission refuse to provide information

November 21, 2020

HURFOM: The Mon Unity Party (MUP) is expressing concerns with the electoral results in some constituencies in Mon State.  In an effort to investigate  they requested specific information from a select number of Township Election Sub-commissions,  but their requests have been denied. 

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Child Protection Law in Myanmar Must Go Further to Protect Children from Sexual Violence

November 20, 2020

HURFOM: International Children’s Day is celebrated every year to promote international togetherness and awareness of the need to improve the welfare of children. The day, which is marked on November 20 in Myanmar, is also a reminder of the urgent work that remains to be done to ensure accountability for acts of sexual violence against minors. 

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17-year-old charged with posting explicit video on social media

November 18, 2020

HURFOM: On November 14, 2020, a 17-year-old boy was charged by the Mawlamyine police for posting  an explicit video on social media.  The boy had taken intimate videos of himself and his ex-girlfriend. 

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MUP Election Campaign Committee suspects NLD win is due to migrants’ votes

November 12, 2020

HURFOM: In Thanbyuzayat Township of Mon State there were 4 parliamentary seats available in the election, and the National League for Democracy (NLD) won 3 of those seats.  The local ethnic party, the Mon Unity Party (MUP) won only one seat. The Chair of the MUP election campaign, Naing Kho Seik believes the NLD won the Thanbyuzayat election due to the votes cast by migrant workers.

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USDP polling station representative charged for violations of electoral and criminal laws

November 11, 2020

HURFOM: On the election day – November 8, 2020, a polling station representative with the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP)  was caught with an authentic election stamp and a fake election stamp by the police at Polling Station #6 of Region #10, Ah Sin village, Ye Township, Mon State.

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Candidates say weakness, irregularities and party influence impacting advance voting

November 7, 2020

HURFOM: Some election candidates claim there are weaknesses within some Election Sub-commissions where irregularities, influence  and threats from the political parties might be jeopardizing a “ “free and fairelection from happening. 

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