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

June 17, 2024

Insecurity Caused by the Military Junta Undermine Education Pathways

The impacts of the ongoing conflict in Southeastern Burma continue to devastate communities and separate families. The junta’s forcibly enacted Conscription Law has only contributed further to the worsening state of unrest and uncertainty. In target areas of the Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM), including Mon State, Karen State, and the Tanintharyi region, local people are fearful of indiscriminate firing, including air and ground attacks, as well as landmines and the possibility of escalated tensions. In the Burma Army’s bid to lose control, they are increasingly targeting innocent people. The impacts have been consequential, including delays to student education pathways.

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Exam pass rate of Mon national school students drops significantly

June 14, 2024

HURFOM: The matriculation exam results for the 2023-24 academic year were released on June 11th, 2024 and only ten students from the three Mon national high schools passed the exam this year. The three schools operate under the Mon National Education Committee.

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Junta extorts money from drivers of unlicensed vehicles and forced them to serve as porters

June 13, 2024

HURFOM: The military junta has been checking unlicensed vehicles in Ah Baw and Ah Sin villages, Ye Township, Mon State and if they discover an unlicensed vehicle, they extort money from the driver. They also record the address and the contact number of the driver and threaten them to help them with transportation when there is any military movement.

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Junta seized houses and cash from local villagers in Yebyu

June 13, 2024

HURFOM: On June 7th 2024, the military junta accused a couple from Yar Phu Yaw Thit village, Yar Phu village track, Yebyu Township, Tenasserim Division of supporting the People’s Defense Forces and seized 10-million MMK in cash and two mobile phones from them.

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Two civilians injured in a shooting at funeral in Bilin

June 12, 2024

HURFOM: On June 9th, 2024, two unknown gunmen attacked a funeral event of a police sergeant in Pauk Kwel village, Pauk Taw village track, Bilin Township, Mon state, killing two police informants. Two civilians were also injured in the attack.

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Armed group injures student in Long Lone

June 12, 2024

HURFOM: On June 4rth, 2024, the Spring Guerrilla Force shot and injured a 14-year-old student, named Maung Thet Pine Myo near Ka Byar village, Long Lone Township, Tenasserim Division.

The Spring Guerrilla Force was conducting a ‘stop and check’ of vehicles near Ma Beat Mount.  Maung Thet Pine Myo was traveling by a car when he was shot at.

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Ministers abuse power trying to forcefully remove landowners in Dawei

June 11, 2024

HURFOM: In March, 2023, the Chief Minister and the Minister of the Karen Ethnic Affairs of Tenasserim Division attempted to forcefully remove a farm family from their land. The family owns more than one acre of farmland in Htein Thit Ward, Dawei City, Dawei District, Tenasserim Division.

Ownership of the land is contested and the matter is before the Dawei District Court.

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Junta’s artillery attack kills four family members in Yebyu

June 11, 2024

HURFOM: On June 7th, 2024, the military junta launched an artillery attack on Yar Phu new village, Yar Phu village track, Yebyu Township, Tenasserim Division that killed four family members including an 8-month newborn child.

There was a battle at noon around Yar Phu new village near Ka Lane Aung Town, and the Mawrawaddy Navy Command responded with artillery attacks. The artillery shells exploded on residents’ houses.

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Junta’s artillery injures five family members including three children in Ye

June 10, 2024

HURFOM: On June 5th, 2024, a Major from the 106th Light Infantry Battalion based in Maw Ka Nin village, Ye Township, Mon State was captured by the resistance forces.

In response, the battalion launched an indiscriminate artillery attack at 9 pm on June 5th that injured five family members including three children.

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Junta bans usage of VPN applications

June 10, 2024

HURFOM: Since the attempted coup on February 1st, 2021, the military council restricted people’s right to information and free speech. The junta banned people from using social media platforms and interrupted the flow of information.

In order to have access to social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, people have to use a VPN – Virtual Private Network application.

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