Some junta’s administrators extorting money from residents under ‘Stay at Home Orders”

July 15, 2021

HURFOM: On July 7, 2021, the junta controlled Ministry of Health and Sport, declared that Thaton, Mawlamyine and Thanbyuzayat Townships of Mon State are  under a “Stay at Home” order.

Soon after the declaration, on July 9, the junta-led authorities warned people in these townships that if they wanted to go outside, they must have  a permit, also referred to as a “going outside ticket”.  Individuals caught without such a permit would be punished in accordance with the existing laws.

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Junta’s MOHS not providing COVID-19 testing even in high risk townships

July 13, 2021

HURFOM: As of July 11, 2021, there have been more than 2,600 CVOID-19 cases and 80 deaths in Mon State.

Mawlamyine and Thanbyuzayat Townships have the highest rate of infections. Meanwhile, the junta-controlled Ministry of Health and Sport (MOHS) has failed to open COVID-19 diagnostic centers in those townships.

Mawlamyine and Thanbyuzayat have the most patients. But there is no diagnostic center from the junta. People come and go as usual. We have to control things ourselves. The junta’s MOHS has only released statements but is not taking any protective measures,” said a member of a rescue team active in Mawlamyine and Thanbyuzayat.

Mawlamyine has many COVID-19 patients and the General Hospital can not accept patients from other townships.

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Weekly update on the situation in Karen State, Mon State, and Dawei (5 July – 11 July)

July 12, 2021

HURFOM, Mawlamyine

The human rights crisis in Burma is being compounded by the increasingly dire public health crisis as COVID-19 infects hundreds daily.

HURFOM Weekly Analysis: The junta has shown no concern for the safety of those at risk, including the hundreds of thousands displaced. Rather, authorities are forcing local inhabitants to register for COVID-19 travel permission with high fees. They are extorting the public and making ‘millions’ in some areas of Mon and Karen State.

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Protective equipment for Covid-19, triples in price during third wave in Mon State

July 9, 2021

HURFOM: The rise of Covid-19 cases and an increasing death rate is impacting the price of personal protective equipment (PPE).

According to the local sources, the price for PPE items like hand sanitizer, face masks and related shielding has tripled in price.  Some PPE is even out of stock due to the high demand.

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COVID-19 death toll reaches new record in Mon State

July 7, 2021

HURFOM: The third wave of COVID-19, has resulted in more than 1,100 patients as of July 6, 2021 and the death rate is high, according to the local sources.

The death rate is more than that in the second wave and the virus has spread rapidly. In the past, just 50 cases were detected per day but now, we’ve found about 100 new cases daily,” said Ko Zin Moe from a rescue team in Mawlamyine.

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Price of rice increases as rumour of lockdown circulates

July 6, 2021

HURFOM: The number of COVID-19 cases has dramatically increased during the third wave and there is a rumor that the authorities may lockdown some specific wards or villages in order to control the spread of the virus.

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Weekly Update In HURFOM Targeted Areas (28 June – 4 July 2021)

July 5, 2021

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 Dawei Region.

Weekly Analysis

As life under the junta’s rule reaches another month, HURFOM is still reporting increasing numbers of civilians being arbitrarily arrested, detained and victimised by the regime. Most of those targeted are young people, especially those active in protesters. Of those arrested, two were from Mawlamyine, two from Mudon, two from Paung, two from Dawei, and one from Hpa-An.

Civilians from Dawei were forced to pay junta security at various tollgates for travel permission. The amount ranged from 3,000 to 10,000 kyat. The payments are bribes, especially for those who cannot provide their national identification cards. Meanwhile, movement restrictions are still rampant between Mon and Thanintharyi regions. Of additional concern is the military’s Coastal Regional Command, based in Dawei, which deployed more troops with heavy artillery and ammunition to Yebyu township, and Dawei.

Villagers from four villages in Mudon, Mon State, were forced to support militia forces formed by the junta with each household being ordered to pay 1,000 Kyat for their activities.

Alongside the military’s devastation is rising COVID-19 cases. The total number of cases increased to over 580 in Mon State, and the death toll rose to 17. Despite this, the junta-appointed Ministry of Education decided to open schools and universities regardless. The decision has been regarded as selfish.

The Mawlamyine University Student Union announced that in a release of political prisoners, no student leaders, protesters or activists were released on 30 June and 1 July.

Approximately 12 guerrilla strikes were organised this week by local youth in Paung, Mudon, northern Ye townships as well as Thayet Chaung, Yebyu, and Long Lone in Tanintharyi Region.

June 2021 Situation Overview

July 2, 2021

HURFOM, Mawlamyine: In June HURFOM observed pro-democracy activists targeted alongside increasing midnight arrests in Mon State, Karen State and Dawei. Our monthly breakdown spotlights these injustices, which are ongoing & continue to unjustly target civilians. See in full: http://ow.ly/Dmi650FnfAF

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Total political prisoners released in HURFOM areas

July 1, 2021

Mawlamyine: HURFOM is relieved that some political prisoners in our target areas of #Karen #Mon #Dawei were released yesterday. However, many more remain behind bars for their pro-democracy activities. Peaceful protest is not a crime and yet the junta locks up anyone who defies their rule.

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Military junta fails to deliver, leaving fewer rescue and volunteer teams able to provide COVID-19 assistance

June 26, 2021

HURFOM: The third wave of COVID-19 has hit Burma.  The impacts are severe in Mon State, significantly reducing the capacity of local rescue and charity teams to provide assistance.

Prior to the coup, the civilian government was providing public education, dissemination of COVID-19 prevention and control measures. However, the military junta have proven to be very weak in doing those activities.

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