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President Thein Sein Should Reveal Role in ’88 Massacre


For Immediate Release Monday 4th August 2014

As the 26th anniversary of the 88 massacre and crackdown approaches, Burma Campaign UK today launches a campaign calling on President Thein Sein to publish his full army record and reveal his role during this time.


Reference to SSA leader’s call for Unity-

Like me, I am sure Sao Yawd Serk and those who constantly calling for Tai/Shan Unity are frustrated and fed up with having to ask, “when are some Tai/Shan going to see and realise that unity to fight for a common goal, is more important and essential for the survival of all peoples of the Shan State, than one's own political ideas? It is sad that some of our Tai/Shan who are supposed to be leaders and elite of society are not making much effort to make Unity possible. Under the dictatorial regime our peoples have suffered, bullied and subjected to all kinds of human rights violations yet some have failed to read the mind-set and ideology of the Burmese dictatorial regime, and their aim to Burmanise all ethnic nationalities, and to obliterate their country, ethnicity, language, culture, history and religion once and for all. When are all peoples of the Shan State going to realise that this is a very serious matter and Unity to speak with one voice is a “must” for the survival and common good of all concerned.

Burmese government must stop new military operation against ceasefire army in northern Shan State

Statement by the Shan Human Rights Foundation

July 10, 2014

Burmese government must stop new military operation against ceasefire army in northern Shan State

Since June 2014, the Burma Army has deployed nearly 2,000 troops from over 10 battalions in an operation against a ceasefire group, the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (a.k.a Shan State Army-North or SSA-N), in Kehsi and Murng Hsu townships. The operation has inflicted human rights abuses against hundreds of local civilians.

Natural Resources and Subnational Governance in Myanmar: key considerations for wealth sharing

Natural Resources and Subnational Governance in Myanmar: key considerations for wealth sharing

The Myanmar Development and Resource Institute – Centre for Economic and Social Development, The Asia Foundation, and The International Growth Centre cordially invite you to attend the launch of the third paper in the joint Subnational Governance in Myanmar Discussion Paper series:

New state of Telangana is born in southern India

New state of Telangana is born in southern India

India's southern state of Andhra Pradesh has formally split in two, with its northern area carved out to create a new state called Telangana.

The move followed prolonged protests by residents of Telangana, who felt the region had long been neglected.

Understanding Myanmar’s Development” Research Fellowships 2014-2015

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce for the Understanding Myanmar’s Development” Research Fellowships 2014-2015.

The research fellowship Program offered by the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD) at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, with funding from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), has three main goals: to enhance knowledge of development processes in Myanmar; to strengthen the capacity of researchers from Myanmar, encouraging them to become actively involved in the study of development policy and practice; and to promote academic exchange and dialogue among researchers from Myanmar, Thailand and other countries in the region and beyond.

Ongoing attacks by Burma Army against civilians during operations to control strategic border area near Namkham (April 10-June 2 2014)

Update by the Shan Human Rights Foundation
June 5, 2014

On April 10, 2014, the Burma Army launched a large-scale offensive against Kachin Independence Army (KIA) positions on the Kachin-Shan State border, close to China. Deploying over 1,000 troops, they fired hundreds of shells to drive out the KIA, in the populated Shan farming area of Tung Loi Ho Hsur west of Namkham. The shelling caused civilian injury, and damaged temples, houses, vehicles and other property. The Burma Army troops also entered villages, looted food and livestock, and set fire to farmers’ crops, causing well over 1,000 Shan villagers from about 15 villages to flee to neighbouring towns in northern Shan State, as well as into China.

Bouncing Back, Relapse in the Golden Triangle

Bouncing Back, Relapse in the Golden Triangle

Transnational Institute
June 2014

TNI's indepth examination of the illegal drug market in the Golden Triangle, which has a witnessed a doubling of opium production, growing prison populations and repression of small-scale farmers. This report details the failure of ASEAN's 'drug free' strategy and the need for a new approach.

Academic Seminar "Myanmar/Burma's Peace Process, 30 May 2014

Academic Seminar

Following many decades of armed conflict between Myanmar's national military and various ethnic groups, there are now opportunities for peace. However, an official nationwide ceasefire has been delayed several times. Many questions persist about the country's peace process. This forum will evaluate the progress that has been made, and the opportunities and challenges that remain on Myanmar's road to peace.

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