Kaw Bane villagers flee as junta tries to arrest “CDM activists”

January 25, 2023

HURFOM: After the Karen National Liberation Army and the People’s Defense Force jointly attacked the police station in Kaw Bane village, Kaw Ka Rate Township, in Karen State on January 16, 2023, the Burmese military responded. 

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Artillery attack by #317 battalion injures two villagers

January 24, 2023

HURFOM: On January 20, 2023, the #317 Artillery Battalion based nearby Kone Paw Yaw Thit and Maw Ka Nin villages, Ye Township, in Mon State launched an artillery attack on a village  located to the east of the Mawlamyine – Ye highway.

The attack injured two villagers, according to a local social worker.

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Tin Yu villagers suffer from armed clashes

January 24, 2023

HURFOM: At about 06:30 am on January 18, 2023, the Ye Guerrilla Force (YGF) and other joint forces attacked the police station in Tin Yu village, Thanbyuzayat Township, in Mon State. During the attack about seven houses were damaged and some villagers, including elderly persons, were injured.

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Weekly Overview: Human Rights Situation in Mon State, Karen State, and Tanintharyi Region

January 23, 2023

Third Week of January 2023

HURFOM: As the year’s first month comes to a close, the Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) continues to observe and document worrying human rights violations across Southeastern Burma. Thousands have been forced to flee their villages as conflict rages, forcing them to seek safety. HURFOM remains seriously considered for their safety and well-being. Our calls to the international community remain steadfast in calling for change and accountability. The internal structures for law and governance inside Burma cannot be trusted, as the military junta has hijacked all prospects for peace. Global justice pathways and consequences for the military junta are the only possible steps forward.

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Three people killed in Yebyu

January 20, 2023

HURFOM: In Yebyu Township, Tenasserim Division, three people were killed on January 11, 2023, local sources reported HURFOM.

One victim was known as  U Kyaw Win.  He was believed to be  an informer to the military junta, and he assisted with the election process run by the junta.

U Kyaw Win is the leader of the Pyu Saw Htee and he was armed by the junta. He also threatened villagers. He informed the military of particular villagers to arrest.  He also helped in  the election process. That’s why he was killed, said a villager.

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Junta to set up an interim government that will run an August election

January 19, 2023

HURFOM: According to a source close to the Minister within the military junta, planning is underway to set up an interim government in February, 2023.  This body will be tasked with carrying out a national election in August. 

The National Unity Government (NUG) has announced they would do everything to stop such an election, which they believe is being organized by the junta to favour the military.

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About 1,000 Mon residents from East Zami River flee their homes

January 18, 2023

HURFOM: Increasing armed clashes between the Burmese army and the joint forces of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) and the People’s Defense Forces (PDF), has forced  roughly 1,000 Mon residents from the East Zami River, Kyarinnseikyi Township, in  Karen State, to flee their homes.   The internally displaced people  took temporary shelter in the Mon villages in the West Zami River.

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Number of orphans rises significantly under military junta’s rule

January 18, 2023

HURFOM: Since the military junta coup the number of orphans in child care centers and orphanages  has grown significantly. 

According to a senior monk who runs a self-reliant orphanage in Mudon Township, Mon State,  We had 30 children before the coup. But the number doubled under military rule and now we have 60, said the monk.

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Weekly Overview: Human Rights Situation in Mon State, Karen State, and Tanintharyi Region

January 16, 2023

Second Week of January 2023

HURFOM: It was another devastating week across Southeastern Burma where the junta violated international law again by deploying an airstrike in Karen State that claimed the life of a young mother and her two-year-old son. The Burma Army is encouraged to commit these atrocity crimes because they continue to face a lack of severe repercussions from the international community.

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Burmese soldiers raid the old village of Kyone Long after a PDF flag is raised

January 15, 2023

HURFOM: On January 7, 2023, the local People’s Defense Force (PDF), specifically the Ye Balue/Gaint Force raised their flag in the old village of Kyone Long, Ye Township, Mon State.

In response Burmese soldiers raided the village.  The Ye Balue Force raised their flag in Kyone Long and Burmese soldiers searched every house thoroughly, said a local villager.

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