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Re: Shan State Day or Shan National Day?

First, the original name is “Shan National Day” and thus should be used without altering it, until a new consensus is found among all the stakeholders concerned.

Second, Federated Shan States, forerunner of the present Shan State, was a Federal Union in nature and had been ruled by respective Sao Hpa of each principality corresponding to its ethnic group. For example, the Palaung area was ruled by Palaung prince or Sao Hpa, the Pa O by the Pa O, the Kokang by the Kokang, the Danu by the Danu and so on.


Transforming Societies: Contestations and Convergences in Asia and the Pacific

Transforming Societies: Contestations and Convergences in Asia and the Pacific

12th Asia-Pacific Sociological Association (APSA) Conference "Transforming Societies: Contestations and Convergences in Asia and the Pacific" 15-16 February 2014, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University. On-line registration until 5 February 2014

Assessment of the Current Situation in Burma

Burma is in the midst of change and we want to report to you what is happening, both good and bad. We are grateful for those who have brought greater freedoms to Burma. We also want to stand with those who have not yet experienced those freedoms and are still under attack. Thank you for your prayers and support.

Media release of Tai Youth Conference

December 29, 2013

The first national Tai Youth Conference was held in Mandalay from 27 to 29 December 2013, and altogether about 250 youth- both Tai women and men from 49 townships of Burma attended the conference.  

Press Conference: “Same Impunity, Same Pattern” report launch

Dear partners, networks, members,

With great pleasure, we would like to invite you to the Report Launch Press Conference titled “Same Impunity, Same Pattern” in Bangkok at Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT). Our report “Same Patterns, Same Impunity” exposes ongoing sexual violence in conflict areas from 2010-2013 and the enshrined impunity for these crimes. We have waited to launch this report, eagerly looking for changes in military tactics and reform of the legal system. Yet these changes have not appeared. With peace talks ongoing, it is vital that addressing widespread sexual violence forms a key part of the peace process. With no women present at the negotiating table, the impunity for past and present sexual violence has not been addressed. For fourteen years the WLB has been ardently working for sustainable, equitable peace in Burma; unless ongoing, brutal sexual violence is addressed this will not be possible.

Seminar on "Humanitarian from Below: The Displaced along Thai-Burmese"

Seminar on

Date: January 3rd, 2014
Time: 13.15-16.00
Venue: Meeting room, 4th floor, Operational building, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University

Year of the Horse

Year of the Horse

Published: 1 Jan 2014 at 00.00
Newspaper section: Life

Your month-by-month horoscope for 2014

Jan 14-Feb 12

JANUARY: There is a period of constant annoyance from Jan 1-Jan 15. After Jan 16, your star will shine brightly. You will kick-start your work. A change of job is expected. Everything you have planned since last year will be successful. A job promotion, an overseas trip or an examination will yield good results.

Thailand: Network of Salween People opposed to the construction of Hat Gyi Dam

20 December 2013
Thai News Service
THAINS English
(c) 2013 Thai News Service

Section: General News - Thai villagers living on the banks of Salween river have submitted letters opposing the construction of the controversial Hat Gyi hydropower dam on the Salween River in Myanmar's Karen State.

KHRG Wins 2013 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award

December 9th, 2013

KHRG Wins 2013 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award

On Tuesday, December 10, 2013, the Karen Human Rights Group will receive the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy's 2013 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award at a ceremony in Taipei. This prestigious award is given annually for "significant contributions to the advancement of human rights or democracy in Asia through peaceful means." KHRG is the first human rights organization operating in Burma to win the award.

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Last of the breed: life of a Shan prince (Part One)  Renowned Australian journalist Phil Thornton interviewed Sao Hso Hom, son of Sao Sam Tun, late Prince of Mongpawn and


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