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Villagers scared of junta’s railroad construction plan between Namzang-Kengtung
The junta’s plan to build railroad between Kengtung, eastern Shan State and Namzang, southern Shan State, has shaken villagers in Kengtung who are afraid their farms will be confiscated and they will be subjected to forced labor for the construction, according to sources.
Weekly Diary, No. 330 (29 November – 5 December 2008)
Shan community donates blood on royal birthday
Shan community in Chiangmai led by the Workers Solidarity Association (WSA) offered blood in dedication to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 81st birthday which falls today, at the Provincial Red Cross Chapter this morning.
New arrival refugees in Australia face second trauma
Newly arrived refugees have been denied full welfare assistance by Centrelink - despite government legislative programs which outline assistance for refugees (under Social Security Act 1991, Activity Test Exemption - Special Circumstances for being refugees).
Sweep in Panghsang
A 5-day manhunt in Panghsang, the capital of the Wa region, Shan State, 21-25 November, had netted 138 petty pushers and users, according to reports coming to the border.
Ethnic leaders dismayed by experts’ dismissal
Ethnic ceasefire leaders say they are disappointed with “blanket rejection” by Burma experts about the ruling military leaders’ nuclear aims.
Migrant workers facing hardships under global financial turmoil
Migrant workers who are struggling in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand are facing many difficulties especially money hardship due to the global financial crisis.
Shan Diary, Issue No.23, November 2008
Poppy cultivation soars in Kayah State
As in Shan State, poppy cultivation in the areas of Kayah (Karenni) side has expanded, says Karenni Anti-Drug Action Committee (KADAC), an independent fact-finding group based on the Maehongson-Kayah border.
Junta Army build-up on the Wa-Mongla border
Both the Wa and its southern ally Mongla are closely following the gradual build-up of the Burma Army along its border in Mongkhark and Mongyang, north of Kengtung, according to sources coming to the Thai-Burma border.
Shan New Year's Day in California
Shan New Year's Day on Sino-Burma border
Weekly Diary, No. 329 (22 – 28 November 2008)
New arrival refugees pressured by Australian authorities to find jobs
New arrival refugees from Burma have been pressured to look for jobs while they are on fulltime studies, and there is also an issue on accessing Burmese interpreters while they meet the Australian government agency Centrelink and Job Network.
Shan woman’s fight moving to world arena
The petition of a disabled Shan migrant worker, who was paralyzed in December 2006 while working at a hotel construction site in Chiangmai, was denied by the Supreme Administrative Court of Thailand today, according to Thailand-based Human Rights and Development Foundation (HRDF).
Shans spinning multiple rings of web
Within a decade, many Shan websites and blogs have been multiplying and distributing a large amount of information about Shan State in order to serve the Shan community in Burma and in exile as well as for Burma-watchers in the international community, according to a survey made by SHAN.
SHRF MONTHLY REPORT - NOVEMBER 2008
Shan New Year to be graced by Chiangmai mayor
The opening of the annual Shan New Year festival in Chiangmai on Thursday, 27 November, will be presided over by the Northern capital’s woman mayor Duentemduang na Chiangmai, according to its organizer.
No activities planned by exile groups during ASEAN Summit
There will be no activities and campaigns undertaken by the exile groups including the anti-junta Shan State Army (SSA) during the 14th ASEAN Summit on 13-17 December in Chiangmai, according to several interviews made by SHAN.
Rebels welcome planned Thai-run drug free project
The PaO National Liberation Organization (PNLO) that is active in the Shan State’s PaO-majority deep south would welcome a drug free project led by Thailand, according to the group’s spokesman Hkun Hsoi Hto.
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