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Headman’s home bombed in Ye Township

Jaloon Htaw : According to reports, a bomb exploded at 8:45 pm yesterday, February 18th, in the home of U Thet Cho, headman of Ye Township’s Duya village in Mon State. An 18 year old university student from Duya sustained back injuries from the blast, and is being treated at Duya …

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Political prisoners call for improved rights during UN human rights envoy trip

Tawlawi and Nai Jorn : A letter, drafted by political prisoners in Insein Prison, calling for improvements to their rights, has been released during the politically sensitive visit of United Nations human rights envoy, Tomas Ojea Quintana’s 5 day tour of Burma.

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Thai NGOs send public letter to Prime Minister on behalf of Burmese migrants

Jaloon Htaw and Janu :  On February 16th of this year, 4 major Thai labor rights NGOs, their respective sub-organizations, and 150 Burmese migrant workers possessing temporary passports sent a public letter to Thailand’s Prime minister, requesting alterations to Thailand’s policies towards Burmese migrant workers before the end of February …

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Teenaged Mon migrant brutally murdered

IMNA : At 6 pm on February 12th of this year, a 15 year-old Mon migrant worker named Mehm Banyar Seik was shot at his home in quarter 15 of Narthapi Township, in Thailand’s Songkhala province. A member of the victim’s extended family agreed to be interviewed by IMNA for this …

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Mudon Town TPCD collects permanent resident population lists

Mi Yin Mon, Kon Hadee : Starting on the 8th of February this year, the Mudon Township Peace and Development Council (TPDC) has lead an ongoing collection of the family lists of residents permanently residing in Mudon Town. According to residents, the TPDC staff was specifically only interested in permanent household …

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Illegal status in Malaysia worth the risk, migrant workers claim

Mon Jit : Even as the Malaysian Department of Immigration prepares for a nation-wide crackdown on the country’s scores of illegal migrant workers on February 15th, Burmese migrant workers insist that the benefits of living in the country illegally outweigh the danger of potential arrest.

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Fire-truck tax baffles villagers

Tala Lawi and Mi Yin Mon : The Chairman of Mudon Township, Mon state, ordered that a tax of thousands of kyat be collected on February 9th from residents of Kalort-tort village, Mudon Township. According to the Chairman, who worked in cooperation with the village’s newly trained fire-brigade, the funds will …

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