HUNDRED FAMILIES FLED TO MON RESETTLEMENT CAMP
Ong Mon and Taramon: January 26, 2005)
-- About a hundred families fled to Mon resettlement camp near
Thai Burma border during this month after their homes were
destroyed by Burma Army, Mon Relief and Development Committee
majority of newly arrived IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) are
from Pauk Pinkwin (Wae Kwao), Ma Kyi (Mang Glong) and Hoay Kyar
villages of southern Ye and Yebyu Townships after some houses were
uprooted by the Burma Army.
house and other six were destroyed and burnt down, Mi Doot, an
old woman who recently arrived to the camp claimed. Another woman
also said that ten houses from her track were uprooted by the
aggressive Infantry Battalion during military operation to wipe
out Mon armed group.
local villagers as rebel supporters and took their furniture and
wood to the military camps before they burned the houses, a
member of Mon Relief and Development Committee told Kaowao.
houses were built in traditional style several years ago with
strong hard wood, they brought furniture and wood to the military
base before burning our house, the family who temporarily
arrived at the camp said.
porters are used to carry ammunitions and food for the army.
Chairman of Hle-Seik (Hnaek Kwi) and other village headmen were
ordered to provide porters for the LIB 408 led by Captain Nyi Nyi
local villagers also have to purchase daily ticket (travel
allowance) to work in their farms and plantations. Civilians
from Southern Ye are suffering from brutal human right violations
and oppression by the Burma Army under the name of military
offensive to annihilate the Mon armed group led by Nai Hloin and
Nai Bin. The insurgents in turn use ambush tactics and
guerrilla warfare. Conflict between the groups has been
raging now for about (8) years and local villagers are being
driven out of their homes.
Light Infantry Battalion No. 408, 304, and 309 are in charged of
operation in northern Yebyu and Infantry Battalion No. 31 is on
duty in southern Ye site.
YOUNG GIRLS EXPLOITED FOR
(Banyear Taoy: January 24, 2005)
Many prostitutes working
in Mon state are under the age of 18, reported business
community from the capital of Mon State, Moulmein.
I think about 30 percent
of them are children; we can tell how old they are by looking at
their faces, said a businessman who often visits places for sex
and drinking. He added that in Ye Township alone, there are
over ten brothels, each of which approximately has about 8
prostitutes working in there and men can easily buy alcohol and
sex at a cost of 5-10 dollars (5,000-10,000 Kyats).
A bus driver from Mudon
said some brothels are operated in co-operation with local
authorities and the Burma Army. Customers who order drinks in
the shop have taken opportunities of touching the girls while
being served. The young girls have to follow the wishes of
their customers, if they refuse the drunken men who approach
them for sex, they could lose their jobs and vehicles.
Another Mon businessman
who has a good relationship with local Burma Army commanders
said that soldiers expect free sex when they visit the brothels.
The commanders get free sex because these young women worry
about losing their business if they refuse. They are afraid of
being arrested and their vehicles will be seized because they
have no licenses.
According to a youth
leader from Thanbyu Zayat (ZopBu), there is a joke about a new
threat to the prostitutes, who are exploited for sex. The young
girls were told that they would be arrested if they dont give
free sex to the Army officers because they have no permission to
own cars without licenses.
Nai Win (not his real name),
a community leader, said that some men do not use condoms when
they get drunk. The owners of brothel bars pay bribes to the
local authorities on a monthly basis.
REBEL POSTERS ON
Ong Mon, January 8, 2005)
that announced Burma Army will pay up to 10 million Kyats for
information leading to the capture of Mon guerrilla leader, are on
sale in northern Ye Byu Township.
Thaw, a Mon community leader from the area said the Burma Army
ordered every family to buy the posters of wanted Mon guerilla
leaders, each worth 700 Kyats (Burmese currency).
villagers must obey the order and every household must buy 3
posters of their (Burma Army) wanted men and post them in home or
risk being tortured, said Nai Thaw.
poster stated that anyone who can provide information leading to
the guerrilla leader Nai Bins whereabouts or who can bring him
in will be awarded with the money. Second leader Nai Hloin
and other leaders, Nai Chan Dein and Nai Sook Gloing each have one
million put on their heads.
this order, local villagers are caught in the middle because the
guerrilla group has also threatened them not to follow the Burma
Armys instructions. The threat from both sides has forced
them to flee the area gradually. Some have fled to a Mon
resettlement site as internally displaced person (IDP) and some
sneaked to Thailand, according to Mon Relief and Development
Committee, based in Sangkhalaburi, Thai Burma border. A
village headman said some villagers have also moved to a religious
site in northern Ye township where (they believe) a famous
Buddhist monk can give them protection.
to a source from the area, about 50 Mon guerillas who had survived
a heavy military offensive by Aung Moe Gyo Operation No. (3)
surrendered to the New Mon State Party. There is a rumor
that Nai Hloin, the second leader of the group who was wounded
wants to surrender to the NMSP, but his younger brother, Nai Bin
has threatened to kill him if he does.
Burma Army has launched an offensive to wipe out the Mon armed
group and the insurgents in turn use ambush tactics and guerrilla