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UNODC welcomes cooperation from CSOs

UNODC welcomes cooperation from CSOs

On 7 March, SHAN had the honor to meet and interview Mr Jason Eligh, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC)’s country manager for the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, during his visit to Chiangmai.

Dope peddlers in khaki: Report

Dope peddlers in khaki: Report

Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF)’s latest report has accused both police and military authorities of “making money out of the (drug) issues, instead of trying to address them” and violating human rights in the process.

Fighting chance for ‘Mekong Godfather’

Fighting chance for ‘Mekong Godfather’

Convicted ‘godfather’ of Mekong Naw Kham still has a chance, though slim, of escaping a death sentence, according to sources on the border.

He had withdrawn his guilty plea in court on 20 December after being sentenced for the murder of 13 sailors on the Mekong on 5 October 2011.

Drug addiction # 1 popular grievance: SSA report

Drug addiction # 1 popular grievance: SSA report

Loi Taileng — According to a report filed by the Restoration Council of Shan State / Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) delegation that returned from a 52-day public consultation trip in December, doing away with drug addiction ranks # 1 in the people’s demands to the country’s leaders.

War on Drugs in Shan State

War on Drugs in Shan State

(Excerpts from RCSS/SSA report)

SHAN received a copy of the compilation of meeting minutes from Restoration Council of Shan State / Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) while visiting Loi Taileng, the movement’s headquarters, 15-19 January 2013.

Heroin returns to popular taste in the north

More than a decade after demand on it was eclipsed by the cheaper yaba (methamphetamine), heroin is gradually regaining acceptance among all three age groups in Namtu, where the Bawdwin silver mine is located, according to sources there.

Low pay let to corruption, say drug crusaders

Low pay let to corruption, say drug crusaders

According to women in Muse township’s Mongpaw, one reason for official corruption on the Sino-Burmese border, apart from the war and resulting no rule of law, is low pay for the state personnel.

There are a police station, a people’s militia force (PMF) and village and village tract headmen in Mongpaw, a locality of 8 village tracts and 32 villages, with a population of 10,755 and 2,668 households.

Politburo member: Naw Kham’s case will stand the test of law, history and people

Politburo member: Naw Kham’s case will stand the test of law, history and people

Zhou Yongkang, a Standing Committee member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China, while on a 3-day visit to Jinghong, opposite Burma’s Mongla, 27-29 October, expressed hope that judicial authorities there could do solid work in sentencing Naw Kham and his 4 associates, who had stood trial last September for the murders of 13 sailors on the Mekong river on 5 October 2011, reported Xinhua.

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