Mon State government plans to build deep seaport at Kalagoke island

December 3, 2019

HURFOM: The Surbana Jurong Group from Singapore launched their “Mon State Investment Affair 2019” at the Strand Hotel in Mawlamyine on the 29th and 30th of November, with the support of the Mon state government.

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47 year old male charged with buying a minor for the purpose of prostitution

November 29, 2019

HURFOM: Local people in Myay Nee Kone Ward, Mawlaymine, Mon State, noticed a young girl crying in front of a guest house near the train station. They contacted the police in Dye Wun Kwin.

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Fighting between NMSP and Burmese army forces 500+ villagers to flee homes

November 28, 2019

HURFOM: At 9:30 am on November 27, 2019, the Burmese army and the Karen Border Guard Force (BGF) invaded the New Mon State Party (NMSP) base near Japanese Well village, Three Pagodas Pass (TPP), Kyarinnseikyi Township, Karen State. There was an armed clash between the two parties. More than 500 villagers had to flee their homes and took shelter at a Mon monastery in Thailand, according to the local sources.

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Slow progress of peace process impacting beach development outside of Ye

November 27, 2019

HURFOM: According to the village Administrator and shop owners, the development of the beach at Kabyar Wa, Ye Township, Mon state, is moving slowly because the peace process has been stalled. 

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Kidnapping and extortion crime ends in death of young child in Ye township

November 26, 2019

HURFOM: A child, just under two years of age, was abducted and killed on 18 November 2019 according to sources within the police department in Ye.  The incident took place in the Old City Quarter, Ah Sin village tract, Ye Township, Mon state.

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Andin villagers fight off a 2nd mega-project threatening their livelihoods and community

November 26, 2019

HURFOM: Toyo Thai Company Ltd. tried to build a 1,280-megawatt coal-fired power plant near Andin village, Ye Township, Mon State in 2015.  The project was valued at 2.8 million dollars USD.

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Local people demand there be full responsibility and accountability for negative environmental impacts from cement industry project

November 19, 2019

HURFOM: June Cement Industry Limited held a meeting with local villagers in the monastery of Mae Garow village in Kyeikmayaw Township on 18 November 2019 as part of a required Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for its  planned cement industry building.

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Amendment to election laws — undemocratic says MUP

November 15, 2019

HURFOM: On October 3, 2019, the Union Election Commission approved an amendment to the election by-laws. Migrant workers who have resided in their workplace constituency for 90 days, will now be able to vote in that constituency.

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Election Commission: No military polling station in 2020 election

November 7, 2019

HURFOM: On October 3, 2019 in the Pyithu Hluttaw (House of Representatives) a Union Election Commission (UEC) led amendment was passed to the Election Law. In the upcoming 2020 general election,  there will be no military polling stations.

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Local authorities fail to make a contribution to anti-drug campaign

November 5, 2019

HURFOM: The Ye-based Mon Area Community Development Organization (MACDO) and the Ye Mon Youth Network organized an anti-drug campaign in Ye Town, Southern Mon State recently.

Both organizations collaborated with local residents to speak out against illegal  drug use, however, local authorities from the General Administration Department (GAD) and the Ye Police Force did not made a contribution to the campaign, according to a Ye resident.

In order to organize this campaign systematically [and peacefully], we already applied [for permission in accordance with] the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law. As we’re officially allowed by the law, the Myanmar Police Force must protect us. They must direct the road traffic. We hoped they would cooperate with us. But there was no contribution from them,” said the resident.

On the morning of November 1st, more than 100 young people from Ye campaigned throughout the town with anti-drug posters by motorbike.

In the evening, there was a debate about the harmful impacts of drugs followed by Mon traditional dances.

The organizers had invited officials from the Township GAD and the Anti-Narcotic Task Force to speak at the event, but they did not participate.

Their absence means they don’t want to make a contribution, I think,” said the Ye resident.

The Program Coordinator of MACDO said their campaign wants to make more people aware of the harmful impacts of drugs.

Organizers are calling for three actions, i) To provide more rehabilitation support for drugs victims.  ii) To hold drugs dealer accountable under the laws. iii) To prevent the peace process from being destroyed due to drugs and iv)  To provide more educational programs that expose the harm caused by drugs.

Since 2017, MACDO has delivered anti-drug campaigns in the Basic Education High Schools in Southern Burma.

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