Weekly update in HURFOM targeted areas (14 June – 20 June 2021)

June 21, 2021

HURFOM, Mawlamyine: 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 the northern Tanintharyi Region.

Weekly Analysis
Human rights violations are ongoing in HURFOM target areas as the junta continues to act with a disregard for the rule of law and democratic principles. According to HURFOM fieldworkers, the individual killed this week was shot and died on the spot by an unknown gunman. Those tortured were beaten during an arrest amid a strike. Of those injured, a villager was shot by security troops.

Brave, young protesters are moving forward with demonstrations despite the brutal crackdowns that often follow by the regime. Some protesters were injured during a strike which was violently dispersed by the junta in Thayet-Chaung, and Yebyu in Dawei.

There were 20 civilians abducted by the SAC in Kanet-Thiri village, Thayet Chaung Township in Dawei on 13 June. Midnight raids, arbitrary arrests against those associated with the anti-coup movement are ongoing. Arrest warrants were issued in Mudon Township, Mon State.

This week, the Ministry of Home Affairs began investigating political parties. Dr. Bhone Wai Oo, NLD’s party representative from Mudon, Mon State, was arrested.

All of these incidents speak to the continued state of silence and repression in Myanmar because of the junta’s violence. HURFOM will continue to monitor and release updates.

Number of COVID-19 patients on the rise: People neglecting health rules

June 21, 2021

HURFOM: Since the onset of the February coup to June 15, 2021, there have been more than 30 COVID-19 cases detected in Mon State,  and five direct deaths have been recorded.

Despite the continuing lethality of the pandemic people in Mon State are not paying attention to health protection rules to mitigate the spread of the disease.

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On World Refugee Day, the Human Rights Foundation of Monland Condemns the Forced Internal Displacement of Civilians in Burma with Release of Briefing Paper on Humanitarian Crisis

June 20, 2021

Internal displacement in Burma has forced hundreds of thousands of civilians to flee for their lives from state-sponsored abuses by the military. On World Refugee Day, the Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM), calls for an immediate end to human rights violations persecuted against the people of Burma. Our latest briefing paper, ‘Displacement on the Rise: A Crisis in Mon State, Karen State and Tanintharyi Region,’ documented a climate of fear cultivated by the junta, leading to a dramatic increase in the internal displacement of civilians across the country. HURFOM strongly condemns the escalation of violence. (Download the briefing paper in PDF)

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Military airfield project on Kalagoke island resumes: Local plantations seized

June 17, 2021

HURFOM: According to local sources, construction of a military airfield project which has long been suspended on Kalagke Island, Ye Township, Mon State resumed recently.

It appears that work has begun again and now, some local plantations are being impacted. 

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Gunshot near school frightens parents

June 16, 2021

HURFOM: In the evening of June 14, 2021, two individuals were helping students cross the road in front of the No. #2 Basic Education Middle School in Aung Mitta Ward, Ye, Mon State, when gunfire was heard.  Moments later one person lay dead on the road.

The deceased person was a prominent person in the ward and also a former soldier.

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MOHA begins investigation of political parties

June 15, 2021

HURFOM: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA) has begun investigating political parties. Last week representatives from MOHA visited the headquarters of the Mon Unity Party (MUP) in Myine Tharyar Ward, Mawlamyine and requested a list of Central Executive Committee members.

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Weekly Update In HURFOM Targeted Areas (7-13 June 2021)

June 14, 2021

HURFOM, Mawlamyine: In HURFOM target areas, the human rights situation remains of great concern. Fieldworkers continue to document as best as they can, given the extreme risks and limitations faced. Confiscation and destruction of properties is ongoing. This week, in addition to monumental, historical statues being destroyed in Karen State, there were 15 mobile phones and five motorcycles also taken by the junta.

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Another CEC members prepares resignation as MUP continues to cooperate with the military council

June 13, 2021

HURFOM: The Mon Unity Party (MUP) is planning to extend its cooperation with the military council despite having no idea what benefits might accompany their cooperation.

As a result another central executive committee (CEC) member has indicated their resignation is pending.

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MUP candidate assassinated: Mon organizations concerned this was an act of political terrrorism

June 11, 2021

HURFOM: On June 8, 2021, Mi Wai Thi Phyo, a Amyotha Hluttaw candidate with the Mon Unity Party (MUP) from Kyarinnseikyi Township, Karen State was assassinated and died in the evening at the Three Pagoda Pass General Hospital.

Numerous Mon organizations released statements expressing sorrow for the death of Mi Wai Thi Phyo. 

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Kyarinnseikyi residents worry as military tension grows

June 8, 2021

HURFOM: On June 4, 2021, armed clashes took place between the Karen Border Guard Force (BGF) and the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA).  The BGF is an ethnic armed group that has a long history of cooperation with the military junta.

Fighting between the two parties took place at a police station in the  Kalae-Tagun Daing village, in Kyarinnseikyi township

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