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Two Shan political parties in northern Shan State release joint statement opposing changing state names

Two Shan political parties in northern Shan State release joint statement opposing changing state names

Two Shan political parties, the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) and Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP) in Namkham township, northern Shan State, jointly released a statement on 21st November objecting to the suggestion to the parliament by U Aung Thaung from Myanmar’s ruling party (USDP), to change the names of Burma’s states from ethnic-based names to city-based names.

 

Nong Khio-based government troops slit throats of 2 Shan villagers

Nong Khio-based government troops slit throats of 2 Shan villagers

During the first half of November, pictures of “Myanmar government troops killing two villagers in Ke See” have been spreading on the internet. These were pictures of Nong Khio-based government troops killing two villagers from Pang Ze village, Ke See township, central Shan State in 2011, according to local sources.  

Four civilians in Hsipaw arrested and beaten on suspicion of having contact with Shan State Army

Four civilians in Hsipaw arrested and beaten on suspicion of having contact with Shan State Army

Troops from Burma Army LIB 504 arrested four civilians in Hsipaw, northern Shan State, accused them of supporting the Shan State Army (SSA), then sent them to jail at Hsipaw police station on 6th November, according to their relatives.

About 1,000 militia forces involved in attacks against SSPP/SSA

About 1,000 militia forces involved in attacks against SSPP/SSA

During their offensive against SSPP/SSA in October, the Burma Army used at least 1,000 People’s Militia forces from northern and southern Shan State.
During October 2nd to 30th, there were 41 clashes in total during the Burma Army offensive operation targeting the bases of SSPP/SSA in the townships of Hsipaw, Mongyai, and Ke See. During their attacks the Burma Army was also using forces from the local People’s Militias, said an officer of a People’s Militia who wants to remain unnamed.

UNFC: No deal made with ‘The Lady’

UNFC: No deal made with ‘The Lady’

Hkun Okker, a key leader of the 12-ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) alliance, the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), has for the first time denied publicly that the coalition has any pact formed with Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD).

The “pentapartite” dialogue: The new game in town, says a don

The “pentapartite” dialogue: The new game in town, says a don

An academic, who has been working closely with ethnic resistance movements for more than 20 years, said yesterday the 31 October high-level talks held in Naypyitaw is a new game in town that the movements should be a part of.

Wa, Naypyitaw discuss opening of Thai-Burmese border checkpoint

Wa, Naypyitaw discuss opening of Thai-Burmese border checkpoint

One of the topics discussed at Mongla on the Sino-Burmese border between the United Wa State Army (UWA) and Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC) last month was the reopening the BP-1 Thai-Burmese border checkpoint that was closed since 2002, according to a report coming from the Sino-Burmese border.

Shan army leader: We may need a “referee” to assist the peace process

Shan army leader: We may need a “referee” to assist the peace process

Lt-Gen Yawdserk, the leader of the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA), calling from his Loi Taileng stronghold yesterday, said a neutral party would be needed to “referee” between the government and the armed resistance, if the current deadlock continues.

Shan delegation departs for Naypyitaw

Shan delegation departs for Naypyitaw

The Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) led by General Secretary Hkun Hseng had left the Wanhai headquarters yesterday to attend a meeting with the government’s  Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC) in Naypyitaw, according to Wanhai sources.

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