Yebyu Township sees sharp increase in drug use among teens as authorities do little to combat use and sale

December 28, 2017

According to locals, drug use in Yebyu Township, Tenasserim Division has increased sharply as more youths are experimenting with drugs. Read more

Threats, trickery, and administrative misconduct over proposed stone mining project by Excellent Fortune Development Group Company in Ye Township

December 27, 2017

Conflict is brewing between local villagers and Excellent Fortune Development Group Company Ltd. (EFD) over a planned stone mining project in Khaw Zar Sub-township, Ye Township, Mon State. EFD is planning to buy land near Mount Bleh Patoi located between Dani Thakyar and Magyi villages. Read more

Surge in pest infestation threatens paddy production and livelihoods in Mudon Township

December 27, 2017

Paddy production in Kamarwat Town, Mudon Township, Mon State is under threat due to a significant increase in pest infestations this year, according to local farmers.

The farmland in Kamarwat has been infested nearly every year, but this year we had a huge infestation. Some farmers lost half of their farmland. They can’t make a profit any longer, so they have had to stop working on their farmland,” said Nai Bran, a local farmer from Kamarwat. Read more

Sexual violence towards children in Mon State continues, as 11-year-old girl raped

December 26, 2017

WCRP: On October 25th 2017, an 11-year-old girl in Kaw Hla village, Mudon Township, Mon State, was raped by a 42-year-old man.

At approximately 1 pm, the perpetrator and the girl left to go fix the child’s mobile phone without telling her parents. The girl was taken by the perpetrator to some brush nearby the railway station in Mainka Nain village where she was then raped. The perpetrator threatened that we would kill her if she told her family and that he would buy her a new phone if she remained silent. At around 5 pm, the perpetrator took the girl back to where her parents were working in Min Hla village. Read more

HURFOM Releases “‘I Still Remember’: Desires for acknowledgement and justice for past and ongoing human rights violations in Mon areas of southern Burma”

December 10, 2017


In commemoration of International Human Rights Day, the Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) releases “‘I Still Remember’: Desires for acknowledgment and justice for human rights violations in Mon areas of southern Burma.” [Download Full Report | Brief Report | Brief in Burmese] Read more

Andin village committee members resign over lack of transparency with upcoming Offshore Supply Base

December 6, 2017

HURFOM: Two of the four members of the Andin Village Farmland Management Committee have resigned after refusing to agree to rezone 19.67 acres of farmland in Andin village track for use in the Offshore Oil and Gas Base, despite being pressured by the Ye Township General Administrator.

The two former committee members are U Maung Ye and U Min Myint Thein (Farmers’ Representative). Read more

Ye City Police accused of lack of transparency over handling of rape case

December 4, 2017

WCRP: A survivor of sexual violence is upset with the Ye City Police over the lack of transparency in the handling of her case. At approximately 11 pm on September 13th 2017, 50-year-old Than Htike, a migrant fisherman from Yangon, entered the 25-year-old disabled woman’s house in Karot Karae village, Andin village tract, and raped her while her husband was out night fishing. The victim’s family reported the case to the Ye City Police Station two days later. Read more

New committee formed to combat drug use in Ye Township, Mon State

December 4, 2017

WCRP: A new committee to combat drug use among youths in Ye Township, Mon State has been formed. The announcement came after a discussion on the issue of drugs was held on November 22nd 2017 in Ye Township. Around 450 individuals, including New Mon State Party (NMSP) officials, citizens, and monks participated in the discussions. Read more

Children from poor families more likely to face abuse: Mon Hluttaw Women and Children’s Rights Committee

December 4, 2017

WCRP: Children from poor families are more likely to face sexual abuse and labor exploitation, according to Daw Khine Khine Lei, Chair of the Mon State Parliament’s Women and Children’s Rights Committee (WCRC). Some of the most common reports received by the committee pertain to cases of sexual violence against children and child labor. Her comments came during the ceremony for the 28th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) held on November 19th 2017 in Pa Ouk village, Mawlamyine Township, Mon State. Read more

Villagers oppose local stone mining project near Hpa-an

November 29, 2017

On November 22nd2017, 30 villagers from Loon Nya village, Hpa-an Township, Karen State held a press conference in Hpa-an City to voice their opposition to a local stone mining project that may negatively affect the local environment and natural resources. Read more

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