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Press Release by the Shan Farmers’ Network

January 24, 2015

Na Hsai villagers call for the return of lands confiscated by a company for rubber plantation project in Northern Shan State

dsc07575The Shan Farmers’ Network and affected villagers from Na Hsai are holding a press conference today in Taunggyi to demand the return of their lands which have been confiscated by the Top Conquer Co. Ltd. Company for a rubber plantation project in Na Hsai village tract, Namtu Township, Kyaukme district, northern Shan State.  

In 2007, the Top Conquer Co, Ltd. got approval from the government to implement a rubber plantation project in Na Hsai village tract on 1,500 acres of fallow, vacant, or virgin land, two miles away from Na Hsai village. However, the company implemented its rubber plantation project on areas directly adjoining Na Hsai village, resulting in the confiscation of land and farmland owned by the local villagers. Some villagers’ houses were also forced to move without any compensation.


January 07, 2015

January 07, 2015

Burma Army kill villager in front of his parents, then force over 1,200 villagers to demonstrate against “insurgents” for killing civilians in Murng Yawng

img 0088On December 12, 2014, Burma Army troops from LIB 573 shot and killed a 32-year-old mentally ill villager, Sai Sarm Tip, at his house in front of his parents, in the village of Wan Tinn, in Murng Yawng, eastern Shan State. The troops had surrounded the house, ordered Sai Sarm Tip to come out, then shot him as he stepped outside.

Two days later, on December 14, over 1,200 villagers from all 66 villages in Murng Yawng township, and all nine quarters of the town, were forced by the Burma Army to join a public demonstration in the sports field in Murng Yawng town against “an insurgent group”.  One person from each household was ordered to attend, and local Shan village representatives were paid 50,000 kyat each to read out prepared statements denouncing the insurgents, and blaming them for taxing and recruiting local people, and for killing innocent civilians. All the villagers were forced to shout prepared slogans in Burmese, calling for the insurgent group to be “wiped out.” The main resistance group operating in Murng Yawng is the Restoration Council of Shan State (Shan State Army-South), which has had a ceasefire with the Burmese government since December 2011. 


November 13, 2014

November 13, 2014

Statement by Shan Community Based Organisations

President Obama must ask Burma’s government why it is launching a large scale offensive in central Shan State during the peace process

We, Shan community based organisations, deplore the large-scale offensive that  the Burma Army has been conducting in central Shan State since June 2014, which is in violation of an existing ceasefire agreement and completely negates the Burmese government’s claims to be building nationwide peace. We urge President Obama to publicly raise concerns about this offensive with President Thein Sein during his visit to Naypyidaw, and to call for the Burmese government to immediately end its military operations and begin political dialogue to end the civil war.


Oct 22th,2014

Update by the Shan Human Rights Foundation

October 22, 2014

Burmese government troops again shell civilian area, commit other human rights abuses in Ke See township

During October 12-18, 2014, the Burmese government troops continued to commit abuses against civilians during their ongoing offensive against the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (a.k.a Shan State Army-North or SSA-N) in Ke See township, central Shan State. SHRF has documented the arrest and torture of five villagers, as well as “house arrest” of seven women and girls, including a heavily pregnant woman. On October 13, shells were again fired into a civilian area, damaging housing and killing livestock, and causing over 180 villagers to seek shelter in a local temple. 

The shelling and abuses took place in villages which lie in an area from which the SSPP/SSA were ordered to withdraw on October 8, 2014 by the Kholam-based Burma Army’s Central Eastern Command. The SSPP/SSA has refused to withdraw, since this area has been under their jurisdiction for decades, and the current Burma Army operations and pressure to move are in violation of their ceasefire agreement.


October 10, 2014

Update by the Shan Human Rights Foundation 

October 10, 2014
Heavy shelling during renewed Burma Army offensive causes civilian deaths and further displacement of hundreds in central Shan State

Burma Army operations against the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (a.k.a Shan State Army-North or SSA-N) in central Shan State since early October have caused widespread damage, loss of civilian lives, and further displacement of hundreds of villagers in Ke See township.

Between October 2-4, 2014, deploying a combined force of nine battalions with at least 2,000 troops, the Burma Army launched a renewed offensive against SSPP/SSA positions in Ke See. Hundreds of artillery shells (60, 81 and 120 mm) were fired, including at civilian targets. Two elderly villagers were killed and one severely injured. Two other village leaders were shot and killed on their way to market. Burma Army troops have also committed abuses such as beating and looting of villagers’ property.


September 8, 2014

Statement by Shan Community Based Organisations September 8, 2014

Namkham farmers’ protest highlights urgent need for moratorium on resource extraction during peace process

The anti-mining protest by over 3,000 villagers in Namkham, northern Shan State, on September 5, 2014, highlights the lack of protection against damaging mining, and the urgent need for a moratorium on resource extraction in ethnic areas until there is genuine political reform and peace in Burma.

Since 2012, six companies have been mining silica in the hills south-east of Namkham for export to China. Large amounts of mining waste have been dumped in the Nam Siri Stream, which nine villages rely on for farming as well as domestic use. This has polluted and clogged the stream, causing it to overflow into nearby fields, destroying crops, irrigation channels and weirs. At least 100 acres of fields have been destroyed so far.


August 26, 2014

Update by the Shan Human Rights Foundation

August 26, 2014

Shan IDPs petition President Thein Sein for Burma Army withdrawal from their homes

About 300 displaced villagers sent a petition letter today to President Thein Sein, calling for the withdrawal of Burma Army troops from their village Wan Pasaung in Ke See township, and demanding compensation for damage to their homes and farms during the past two months.


August 7, 2014

Open Letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry 

from Shan Community Based Organizations             

    More Photos >>>    Map In Shan: Before | After   Map In Burmese: Before | After 

Dear Secretary Kerry,

We wish to alert you to the escalating military operations by Burmese government troops in central Shan State, which are destabilizing the current peace process, and threatening the lives of innocent civilians.

Since June 2014, about 3,000 Burmese government troops have been deployed to Ke See, Murng Hsu and Tangyan townships, to seize territories of the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N), in violation of an existing ceasefire agreement. Hundreds of shells have been fired in civilian areas, causing terror and fresh displacement.

We are now gravely concerned for the security of over 800 villagers, including300 recently displaced,in Wan Warp village,Ke See township.Over 500 heavily armed Burmese government troops are encamped in and around Wan Warp, restricting villagers’ movement and refusing to withdraw until today.


July 16, 2014

Press Release by the Shan Farmers’ Network

July 16, 2014

Eastern Shan State villagers call for an immediate end to destructive gold mining operations

The Shan Farmers’ Network and affected villagers held a press conference today in Taunggyi to demand an immediate end to destructive gold mining operations in Mong Len, eastern Shan State.

Over ten companies have been carrying out mining in the “Loi Kham” hills east of Ta Ler, Tachilek township, since 2007. They have dug up over eleven square miles of forested hillsides, and used large amounts of cyanide to extract gold. The resulting soil erosion and water pollution have destroyed the farming livelihoods of about 340 people in two nearby villages, Na Hai Long and Weng Manaw.

The main local water source, the Nam Kham stream, is now shallow and polluted. Rice fields and vegetable gardens have been destroyed; farm animals poisoned and people are suffering from skin diseases. Families can no longer afford to send their children to school, and young people are migrating to neighboring countries to work. Only minimal compensation has been provided by companies.

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