Administrators extort villagers for letter permitting travel or transport of goods

February 28, 2024

HURFOM: Villagers from Kan Bauk area, Yebyu Township, Tenasserim now need “recommendation letters” to travel or visit other areas/townships or when transporting rice and food. Village and ward administrators have begun to extort money from those who need such letters.

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Chief Minister’s “conscription law” frighten local youth in Chaung Zone

February 28, 2024

HURFOM: The Mon State Chief Minister U Aung Kyi Thein has claimed that 47 young men from Chaung Zone Township, Mon State had to join military service in accordance with the conscription law.  This news has created worry and fright among young people.

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Junta’s indiscriminate artillery attack forces three villages to flee homes

February 27, 2024

HURFOM: The military junta launched indiscriminate artillery attacks in Tha Yet Chaung Township, Dawei District, Tenasserim Division forcing residents from three villages to flee their homes, report local sources.

On February 20th, 2024, the People’s Defense Force attacked a military check-point near Win Wa Bridge, Tha Yet Chaung Township. The junta responded with indiscriminate artillery attacks on nearby villages on February 22nd.

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Armed groups extort money from motorists on Ye – Thanbyuzayat Highway Road

February 27, 2024

HURFOM: Motorists using the Ye – Thanbyuzayat Highway Road, Ye Township, Mon State have reported to HURFOM, that they have been extorted by armed groups who control part of the road.

The armed group employs “stop and checks’ between Ka Nin Ka Maw and Aung Thar Yar villages, Ye Township, Mon State in order to extort money from motorists.   Extortion has ranged from 40,000 to 100,000 MMK per vehicle.

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Parents withdraw children from schools following enactment of conscription law

February 26, 2024

HURFOM: Currently grade promotion or matriculation exams are scheduled in the school system,  but parents are afraid of the conscription law recently enacted by the military junta,  and have withdrawn their children from schools. 

The parents can’t wait for the end of the exam period. They fear that their children will have to join the military, so they have  withdrawn them from school. Now, big schools have lost about 30 to 50 students and small schools lost about 10 to 20 students,” said a social worker from Mudon Township who helps local matriculated students.

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Six Villages Forced to Flee Amid Dawei Eastern Forest Conflict

February 26, 2024

HRUFOM: Six villages in the Dawei Eastern Forest area have been forced to evacuate their homes due to heavy and prolonged armed clashes between the military junta and the People’s Defense Forces. The conflict escalated after the People’s Defense Forces attacked 17 military trucks near Thin Gan Tone village on February 17, sparking intense battles that have continued since.

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No armed clashes, yet Junta’s used drone assaults and kills local woman

February 26, 2024

HURFOM: On February 16th, 2024, the military junta dropped a bomb using a drone on Lut Shan village, Kyarinnseikyi Township, Karen State and killed a local woman. Sources reported there was no armed clash at the time.

The 325th Artillery Regiment based in Wel Ka Li, Thanbyuzayat Township, Mon State was responsible for the attack. The 53-year-old woman was hit by bomb debris on her head and died.

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Weekly Overview: Human Rights Situation in Mon State, Karen State and Tanintharyi Region

February 26, 2024

HURFOM, Fourth Week of February 2024

Over the last week, in target areas of the Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM), women were targeted by the military junta. The escalation of violence on the ground in Burma has impacted civilians the harshest, particularly in conflict-affected areas where women and children are among the majority of those displaced.

The regime also is enforcing stricter measures on mobility while repressing rights related to freedom of expression. This comes alongside a worrying rise in arbitrary arrests and abductions, which are rooted in baseless assumptions and a lack of evidence. In Mon State alone, according to a report by the New Ramanya Federal Force (NRFF), 105 civilians were killed, and more than 900 were unjustly arrested since the attempted coup.

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Junta arrests local man in Thanbyuzayat

February 23, 2024

HURFOM: On February 19th, 2024, a local man from Aung Zay Ya Ward, Thanbyuzayat Town, Mon State who was selling construction materials, was arrested by the military junta.

The junta has accused 46-year-old Ko Nan Myint Oo aka Tha Yoke with supporting the People’s Defense Force with bullets he purchased, and arrested him at his home.

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Local woman arrested by junta in Mawlamyine for social media post

February 23, 2024

HURFOM: On February 20th, 2024, a local woman from Shwe Nat Taung Ward, Mawlamyine, Mon State was arrested by the junta after being accused of promoting terrorism.

The junta has accused 28-year-old Daw Thiri Yadana Maung who is a furniture shop owner of writing comments on social media that destroy the stability of the State. A large contingent using force arrested her at her home.

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