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Presentation & Discussion "Surviving: Living on A Rubbish Dump"

Presentation & Discussion

In Mae Sot, six hours south of Chiang Mai, hundreds of migrants from Burma have been surviving for years on a large rubbish damp. They have fled decades of turmoil in their own country, and now struggle in a makeshift community of their own cretaion.


Newsletter: Our library needs your help, plus a bevy of upcoming events in Chiang Mai!

Newsletter: Our library needs your help, plus a bevy of upcoming events in Chiang Mai!

Dear Best Friend Members and Supporters,

We have several upcoming events in Chiang Mai to let you know about, but first we'd like to share details about a very important campaign...

As many of you know, the staff and volunteers of The Best Friend Library in Chiang Mai have worked incredibly hard over the past four years to sustain our programs with small donations and the slight profits received from selling our fundraising items. We are now ready to launch our first-ever, large-scale fundraising campaign, and we need your help to make it a success!

“Understanding Myanmar’s Development” Research Fellowships 2013-2014

In recent years, the international community has witnessed many positive changes in Myanmar, including greater space for civil society, an expansion in freedom of expression, and evident government concern about environmental and local livehood issues resulting from large-scal development projects. With new foreign investment laws and the lifting of economic sanctions by Western countries, Myanmar is opening repidly to the global market economy. With the country's plentiful resources and the input of foreign investment, Myanmar is ready to pursue economic growth under the name of "development".

Thein Sein government must be held accountable for fresh Burma Army atrocities in Shan State

April 22, 2013

Statement by the Shan Human Rights Foundation

The Shan Human Rights Foundation is gravely concerned at fresh widespread atrocities by the Burma Army against civilians in Tangy an, northern Shan State, and is calling on the international community to hold the Burmese government accountable for these abuses.

Campaign for Indigenous Minorities of Burma

Hello and many apologies that this is in English only,

I am writing to you from an Art and Activism Project called Roots To Resistance which does it's work in the eastern US. We bring issues, campaigns and challenges from World Communities to International audiences through Public Art and through a series of Postcard and Street Postering campaigns that we send across the Planet free to all. We are painting the 8 foot high larger than life sized Portraits of 12 Global Women Activists doing profoundly important work and it is through these Women that we focus on the issues, battles, challenges and triumphs being faced by their People and Communities.

An invitation to a seminar "Religion, Development and Modernity in Southeast Asia"

An invitation to a seminar

April 26, 2013 13.00-16.30
4th floor meeting room Operational Building Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University


“Surging Forward? Progressing research on Religion and Development” by Philip Fountain, National University of Singapore

“Civilizing Across Border: Christian Propagation among Hmong People in Upper Mainland Southeast Asia”

Lao Airlines re-instates flights to Yangon

Reinhard Hohler, Chiang Mai (09.04.2013)

Lao Airlines re-instates flights to Yangon in Myanmar in October 2013, some 33 years after axing the once unprofitable route.

In the context of connectivity Lao Airlines aims to become the jewel of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS). The airline already connects the Lao capital Vientiane to Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City in Viet Nam, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh in  Cambodia, Bangkok and Chiang Mai in Thailand as well as Kunming and Jinghong in Yunnan/China.

Northern Shan farmers call for Chinese pipelines to be removed from their lands

April 5, 2013

Press release by Shan Community Based Organisations

Northern Shan farmers are submitting demands to Burma’s government today for China’s giant oil and gas pipelines to be removed from their lands immediately, citing rights abuses, poor construction and safety fears.

Confederation of Thailand (SERC) Protect Thailand Labour and Human Rights Defender Andy Hall

Press Release: 3rd April 2013

State Enterprises Workers’ Relations

For more information on this statement, please contact Mr. Savit Kaewvarn (General Secretary, SERC) on +66 863 361110 (Thai language only)

The State Enterprise Workers’ Relations Confederation of Thailand (SERC) is an employee’s confederation combining 45 state enterprise and private sector labour unions with a total membership of over 200, 000 employees. SERC prioritises worker and human rights protection and promotion in both national and international arenas. The situation regarding violations against worker and human rights in Thailand continues increasingly to be in danger, with every day seeing more negative developments, deterioration and new forms of violations. Thai union leaders and Thai unions, alongside huge numbers of migrant workers, are living and working in Thailand together, led by SERC, and are struggling to cope with all these kinds of violations.

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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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