Most government staff want to quit their jobs

May 24, 2022

HURFOM: Most government staff who did not leave their position after the military coup, have lost their motivation to continue their jobs under the military junta. Many want to quit their jobs.

However, having to make a livelihood and being worried about security concerns have forced some to remain in their positions.

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Weekly Update in HURFOM Targeted Areas [ Third Week of May 2022]

May 23, 2022

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 Tanintharyi region.

Analysis

Across the last week, civilians in HURFOM targeted areas faced additional levels of stress and uncertainty as the military junta raided homes, torched villages, and arbitrarily arrested innocent villagers. Their murderous and violent trajectory continues as calls for the international community to respond to the situation on the ground remain vocal and continuous.

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Unsettled politics destroying trade system

May 21, 2022

HURFOM: Due to political instability  produced by the military coup, the countys’ trading system has been destroyed and many have suffered a great loss, reports the Mon State merchant communities..

The price of commodities and electronics has become unstable with merchants sustaining substantial monetary trading losses.

“Let’s say we bought goods with a million Kyat today. After selling them, we go to buy more goods next week. But we can’t get the previous price. We have to pay more money to get the same amount of goods. Because our national politics are unsettled, the price of goods becomes unstable,” said an electronics shop owner from Mudon Township.

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Military junta seizes plots of land for airport construction

May 20, 2022

HURFOM: Two months ago, the military junta seized plots of land in Nyaung Gone village, Mudon Township, in Mon State,  claiming the land was needed for the construction of an airport.

Now, the junta has ordered the removal of 18 houses, against the wishes of locals.

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Locals worry Mawlamyine Cement factory operations will again bring disaster to their community and livelihoods

May 19, 2022

HURFOM: The Mawlamyine Cement Factory also known as Mawlamyine Cement Limited (MCL) stopped its operation on June 1, 2020, but according to locals, the company wants to restart its operations.

We’ve seen their material supply ships traveling in the river since January, 2022. They are present twice per month. If the factory begins operations again, we’re afraid that our homes will be damaged, said a woman from Ni Ton village, Kyaikmayaw Township.

The MCL factory was built near Kaw Don and Kaw Pa Naw villages in the Pyar Taung Region, in Kyaikmayaw Township, Mon State.  Operations began in April, 2017. The factory uses the Ataran River for transportation of materials.

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Mon National College popular among Mon communities: Mon university students boycott junta-controlled universities

May 19, 2022

HURFOM: Most university students across Burma have opted to not register with the junta-controlled universities to show their opposition to the military council.

As of May 16, 2022, there were approximately 5,000 students attending the Mawlamyine University.  The Interim Administrative Council of the university said that number is just 30% of regular attendance.

For those who do not want to pursue an education controlled by the military junta, the Mon National Education Committee (MNEC) announced they would open a “Mon National College” in the Nyi Sar Region which is controlled by the New Mon State Party (NMSP).

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Weekly Update in HURFOM Targeted Areas [Second Week of May 2022]

May 16, 2022

HURFOM: 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 Tanintharyi region.

Analysis

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Mon National Education Committee ends its reliance on the Ministry of Education

May 11, 2022

HURFOM: For years, the Mon National Education Committee (MNEC) had been cooperating with the Burma Ministry of Education to provide educational services to the Mon community.

More recently, things have changed.  The committee has lost trust with the Ministry, which has been under military control since the coup, and has publicly stated they no longer want to rely on the State education system to serve Mon students.  

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Weekly Update in HURFOM Targeted Areas [Week Two: May 2022]

May 9, 2022

HURFOM: 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 Tanintharyi region.

Analysis

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Armed group extortion efforts leaves villagers feeling unsafe

May 6, 2022

HURFOM: According to local reports, Nai Chan’s Ramanya Army, an armed group active in Southern Ye Township, in Mon State, has been demanding a fortune from villagers. The Ramana Army demanded money from village Abbots and Administrators, claiming the funds were needed to buy weapons to revolt against the military junta.

Local villagers are worried about their safety and do not go to their plantations or go outside at night.

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