Hotels to close in Mon State

November 6, 2021

HURFOM: Due to COVID-19 and the country’s on-going political crisis, hotel and tourism in Mon State has hit rock bottom.  Hotel owners are now considering closing their properties.

Most of the economic sectors in Mon State are facing a severe crisis due to COVID-19 and the military coup.  Many business owners are  now planning to close their enterprises.

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Junta’s Ministry of Education withholds salaries of ethnic language teachers

November 3, 2021

HURFOM: The Junta controlled Ministry of Education is planning to reopen schools in November, 2021,  but ethnic language teachers in government schools do not know if they have their old jobs.

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Weekly Update in HURFOM Targeted Areas (October: Week Four)

November 1, 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.

Across the month of October, HURFOM fieldworkers reported on a series of widespread, systematic human rights violations committed with impunity by the Burma Army. The regime continues to carry out crimes against humanity through targeted assaults on civilian lives and property. The junta soldiers have showed no mercy. Villagers from Ywa Thit, Kawkareik Twsp reported that they had unearthed a disabled villager killed and buried by the junta soldiers. U Aung Myint had physical handicaps. While the battalions were operating in his village, he could not run. The soldiers killed him for no reason.

Family members also continue to be taken as hostages. On October 23 in Dawei at about 8 PM, a group of junta security forces entered into the house of Daw Mar Mar Thet and abducted her. They came and looked for Ma Pan Ei Phyu, one of the daughters of Daw Mar Mar Thet. But Pan Ei Phyu was in hiding, and they arrested her Mom as a hostage. The next day, junta troops arrested another three people, including a 7-year-old child who are family members of Daw Mar Mar Thet and Ma Pan Ei Phyu. They’re all residents of Daung Ngu Ward, Dawei.  

Young people are also being indiscriminately targeted. Two young civilians from No. 2 Ward, Hpa-an Township, Karen State were just abducted and brought to prison. Military intelligence grabbed a young woman and man from Ahmat Hnit ward. The troops came with three trucks into Ward No.2, arrested them after checking their mobile smartphones. They were about 20 years old and are likely being held at Hpa-An prison in Karen State. 

Murderous acts are ongoing as junta troops killed two young civilians who were detained on October 23. Ko Htet Wai Naing, 23, and Ko Than Soe Oo, 23 were the residents of Ottaran Ward, Dawei. They were killed on Yay-Wai street. Both bodies had gunshot wounds. Families were informed to claim their bodies on the 24th.  

Meanwhile, abductions and arbitrary arrests of anyone the junta deems suspicious have resulted in rising levels of fear. Thousands have been forced to flee their homes for safety and security reasons.

Weekly Update in HURFOM Targeted Areas (October: Week Three)

October 25, 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 District.

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Unclear if students attending Mon National Schools will be part of military council vaccination plan

October 22, 2021

HURFOM: The military council has been preparing to re-open schools for November, 2021.  In preparation the junta-controlled Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health have arranged to vaccinate students aged 12 and above.

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Weekly Update in HURFOM Targeted Areas (Second Week of October)

October 18, 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 District.

Internal displacement, which has been fuelled by the junta, has increased in HURFOM target areas. A teenage student, Min Htet Kyaw, 16, a resident of Mudon, Mon State was reportedly abducted from his home by junta security troops at 10 pm on October 13, 2021. The reason for the arrest remains unknown, according to his friend from Mudon. 

Another young student, Hnin Pwint Madee, 17, was also abducted by the junta around 10 pm on October 13 from her parent’s house after the troops checked her mobile phone. Madee is also a resident of Mudon, Mon, State. Of those arrested, two were from Mudon, three from Hpa-An and one from Southern Ye. Those injured were from state-sponsored torture.

Most of the Mae-Kae villagers have been fleeing their homes since September 29th. More so since the neighbouring village, Kywe-Chan, was invaded and looted by the junta’s Light Infantry Battalions 406, 407. As of October 13, 2021, over 6000 local residents have been forced to flee. Amid ongoing human rights violations, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders held a summit on 15 October to discuss the junta’s attendance at an upcoming summit at the end of the month. HURFOM joined human rights organizations in urging ASEAN to not extend an invitation to the murderous regime, as it is clear that the military has displayed a flagrant lack of respect for ASEAN. It was decided at the meeting that the junta would not be invited, in what was a victory for the people. 

As the violence worsens amid the eight month of the coup, the international community still has pathways to hold the junta accountable available. Silence on the matters inside the country sets an unfortunate precedent which emboldens the junta to commit human rights violations with impunity.

Locals blame Mon political groups for silence on extrajudicial killing of supporter

October 12, 2021

HURFOM: On September 28, 2021, Ye Naing Oo, a 27-year-old civilian from Khaw Zar Town, Southern Ye Township, Mon State was killed by the security forces of the military council.

Local people are upset with national Mon political groups who have not yet shown support to the victim and his family.

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Weekly Update in HURFOM Targeted Areas (First Week of October, 2021)

October 11, 2021

Weekly update on situation in Karen, Mon & Dawei since the coup:

  • 33+ Arrested
  • 26+ Detained
  • 5+ Injured
  • 0 Killed
    Family members are increasingly being arrested in place of wanted #CDM activists and anti-military #HRDs. HURFOM calls for the release of all detainees.
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Military council pressures village authority to rapidly report news about NUG and PDF

October 9, 2021

HURFOM: The military council has been pressuring village administration teams, local militia groups and local armed groups that are controlled by the military to collect and report news related to the activities of the National Unity Government (NUG) and the People Defense Forces (PDF).

Reports must be made about explosions and other activities intended to interrupt the bureaucracy of the military council without hesitation.

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Villagers fear increasing risk of extortion as armed groups resisting the military, grow in number

October 7, 2021

HURFOM: Since the February 1, 2021 coup, many citizens feel the military council has lost its control over Burma.  A growing number of  unknown armed groups and local people’s defense forces have appeared in numerous communities.

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