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Title: SWAN publication page
Description/subject: SWAN Reports and the newsetter archive
Language: English
Source/publisher: Shan Women's Action Network (SWAN)
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 01 November 2010


Individual Documents

Title: S W A N - Shan Women's Action Network Newsletter (March 2012 # 12)
Date of publication: March 2012
Description/subject: When will the cycle of violence end?... • Standing up as female comedians in Burma... • Lessons from Shan State’s deadly earthquake... • How ruby-mining made us poor... . • Exploited in China’s tobacco fields
Language: English
Source/publisher: S W A N
Format/size: pdf (1.3MB)
Alternate URLs: http://www.shanwomen.org/publications/newsletters
Date of entry/update: 22 August 2012


Title: SWAN - Shan Women’s Action Network Newsletter October 2010 # 11
Date of publication: October 2010
Description/subject: Pooling community talent to oppose the sham 2010 election; Patterns of sexual violence and impunity continue in Shan State; Struggling to be legal in Thailand ["Without access to asylum, hundreds of thousands of Shan refugees have been forced to become migrant workers in Thailand. Some have been able to obtain legal work permits, but many have not, for lack of funds and other reasons. However, recent Thai regulations now require all migrants to go through a “national verifi cation” process at the Burma border, to obtain a temporary passport that will enable them to continue working in Thailand..."]... Hastening climate change in Shan State ["...While this year's drought has been attributed to a number of factors, many in Shan State are convinced that widespread logging in the Shan hills over the past few decades is largely to blame..."]... Pushed back - again ["With civil war and oppression continuing in Shan State, thousands of refugees have continued to fl ow into Thailand each year. However, unlike Karen and Karenni refugees, the Shan are not recognized by the Thai government, and are denied access to refugee camps in Thailand. As a result, most refugees from Shan State have been forced to become migrant workers. About 6,000, including vulnerable populations of children, elderly and disabled, have ended up sheltering in fi ve camps just inside the Shan border..."]... Failed War on Drugs takes its toll on Shan youth ["Recent UNODC reports show that opium cultivation and methamphetamine production are increasing in Shan State. The Burmese regime’s failure to curb drug production is attributed by Shan analysts to the Burma Army’s reliance on taxation from drugs, as well as its policy to allow numerous proxy local militia to deal in drugs in exchange for policing against resistance activity..."]... Campaigning with regional networks to protect shared natural resources.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Shan Women's Action Network (SWAN)
Format/size: pdf (1.3MB)
Alternate URLs: http://www.shanwomen.org
Date of entry/update: 01 November 2010


Title: SWAN - Shan Women’s Action Network Newsletter October 2009 # 10
Date of publication: October 2009
Description/subject: Fickle friends ["At the end of August 2009, media across the globe covered stories of the heavy fighting between the SPDC and the Kokang army on the northern Shan border, which broke the 20-year-long ceasefire and drove more than 30,000 refugees into neighbouring China. In a rare admonishment, the junta’s longtime ally China urged SPDC to safeguard stability in the border area and protect the rights of Chinese citizens living there..."]...Reaching out to our neighbours ["...we regard the Chinese as our close neighbours, and understand the importance of developing friendly relations with those living beside and among us. Regrettably, however, national political interests over the past half century have often served to drive a wedge between us and our neighbours..."]...Renewed scorched earth campaign in Central Shan State October 2009 # 10 • Reaching out to our neighbours INSIDE • Renewed scorched earth campaign in Central Shan State ["...Burmese military regime launched a new scorched earth campaign in central Shan State, the largest since the mass forced relocations in 1996-1998 which uprooted over 300,000 villagers..."]...Developing Shan language textbooks ["Over the past ten years SWAN, together with other Shan community groups, has been setting up educational opportunities for the Shan refugees and migrant children living along the Thai- Burma Border. Currently SWAN is running fifteen schools for 2,200 students along the Thai-Burma border. Seven of the schools are based in Shan IDP areas. In these schools, which go up to grade nine, Shan is the main language of instruction. One of the main difficulties in operating the schools has been to establish a standardized school curriculum and upgrade the skills of the teachers. Every year we have tried to organize at least two teacher training workshops, which have promoted child-centered and democratic teaching practices..."]...Community based projects...Regional advocacy on socio-economic issues...“Girl Power” on Air...
Language: English
Source/publisher: Shan Women's Action Network (SWAN)
Format/size: pdf (1.3MB - OBL version;
Alternate URLs: http://www.shanwomen.org
Date of entry/update: 01 November 2010


Title: Shan Women’s Action Network Newsletter October 2008 # 9
Date of publication: October 2008
Description/subject: Voting “No” in Shan State ["On May 10, 2008, despite the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis only a week earlier, Burma’s military regime went ahead with a nationwide referendum to endorse their new constitution, part of their road-map to military-led “disciplined democracy.” Five days later, it was announced that the constitution had been overwhelmingly approved by 92.4% of voters. SWAN interviewed a young woman from a town in southern Shan State about her experience of the referendum..."]...Aid to Burma: only on the regime’s terms ["On May 2-3, 2008, the deadly cyclone Nargis hit five divisions of Burma, killing over 130,000 and affecting nearly two and a half million people. With billions of dollars of income from sales of natural gas to Thailand, the regime had more than enough financial capacity to assist the cyclone-affected people. But they didn’t. Instead, they even blocked aid and relief supplies given immediately by the international community. Only gradually, under pressure from the international community, did the regime allow aid to the affected areas, but only on their own terms..."]...Promoting gender equality through community-oriented activities ["SWAN believes it is vitally important to carry out activities at the community level to raise awareness about gender and empower women. Under our Women’s Empowerment Program, SWAN has been supporting bi-monthly Women’s Exchange meetings, running literacy classes for women and organizing community awareness-raising events on International Women’s Day, International Day of Peace and Stop Violence Against Women Day in Shan communities along the Thai- Shan border. Here are some comments from community members, both women and men, on our activities..."]...A Shan “biofuel refugee” speaks out ["Nang B. a 30-year-old refugee woman from Murng Keng in Shan State, fled to Thailand in April 2008, after being forced to grow jatropha (physic nut) under a nationwide biofuel program authorized by Burma’s military regime, targeting eight million acres of land. According to the May 2008 report “Biofuel by Decree” by the Ethnic Community Development Forum (ECDF), nearly 800 “jatropha refugees” had fled from southern Shan State to Thailand..."]...News Briefs: Worldwide vigils for release of Shan leader Hkun Htun Oo; Cuts to refugee rations narrowly averted; Salween dams threaten biodiversity...Empowerment through networking ["As indicated by our name -- the Shan Women’s Action Network -- we at SWAN are firmly committed to the concept of networking – building alliances to promote solidarity and action to further the rights of our communities..."]
Language: English
Source/publisher: Shan Women's Action Network (SWAN)
Format/size: pdf (1.4MB - OBL version)
Alternate URLs: http://www.shanwomen.org
Date of entry/update: 01 November 2010


Title: SWAN - Shan Women’s Action Network Newsletter October 2007 # 8
Date of publication: October 2007
Description/subject: Commemorating deceased monks and civilians: past and present ["For years, SPDC generals and senior officials have been seen daily in Burma’s state-run media attending religious ceremonies, offering food and necessities to monks, and sponsoring the repair and restoration of old temples, and the building of new ones to “preserve” Buddhism in Burma. However, since September 2007, the real sacrilegious face of the SPDC has been exposed to the entire world, as it cracked down on the peaceful protests led by tens of thousands of monks throughout Burma..."]...Fleeing refugees find no safe refuge at Thai border ["200 meters from Thailand lie the demolished remains of Loi Sarm Sip refugee camp, set up by Shan State refugees fleeing human rights abuses committed by the Burmese military regime earlier this year. In May 2007, the Thai army determined that the site, located within Shan State, was “too easily seen from Thailand” and forcibly relocated 24 families 500 meters farther into Burma. These 91 people, having just finished rebuilding their new homes, were moved onto a steep slope in the middle of the rainy season. Currently, they are receiving no support from the Thai authorities, and are still at grave risk of being abused or killed by the Burmese military and its ally, the United Wa State Army..."]...Gratuitous cruelty to Shan State political prisoners and their families ["In 2005, various Shan State political leaders were arrested by the Burmese military authorities. Denied access to their lawyers, nine of them were tried and given absurdly long prison sentences. Hkun Htun Oo, the 64-year-old elected leader of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy was sentenced to 93 years in prison. His “crime” had been simply to advocate peacefully for political reform..."]...Promoting safe delivery at the border ["22-year-old Ying Hom Noan is a medic at the Wan Piang Fah clinic serving over 2,800 refugees at the Shan- Thai border. Originally from western Shan State, she came to the border at the age of 15 and received training in emergency obstetrics care at the Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot. Since 2006 she has been running the “MOM” (Mobile Obstetric Maternal Health Workers) Project, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, at Wan Piang Fah. SWAN interviewed her about her work..."]...Lives destroyed by false trafficking charges ["...SWAN recently assisted a woman who had served a sentence of nine and a half years in Burma for child trafficking, a crime of which she was completely innocent. This is her story..."]...An orphan’s story ["Five decades of civil war have left terrible scars on the peoples of Burma. One of the most cruel legacies is the high number of orphaned children, who have lost their parents not only in combat, but also through the systematic human rights violations committed by the Burma Army against civilian populations in ethnic areas. Such violations include forced portering, extrajudicial killing, torture and rape. In the fifteen schools which SWAN is running along the northern Thai border for over 2,000 children, about one out of every five children is an orphan..."]...Salween dam construction launched in southern Shan State ["Ignoring the potential negative impacts on the livelihoods of millions of ethnic people, the MDX Group Co Ltd of Thailand and Burma’s ruling regime, jointly launched the construction of the giant Tasang Dam on the Salween River in southern Shan State on 29 March 2007. The Burmese military authorities forced over 400 villagers from Mong Ton and Mong Pan to attend the dam construction launching ceremony, which was hosted by MDX..."]...Fears over imminent China-Burma oil and gas pipelines ["Residents of northern Shan State fear mass forced relocation to make way for oil and gas pipelines from the west Burma coast to southern China..."]...SWAN urges EU to impose stronger sanctions against the Burmese military regime - 12 Oct 07 ["SWAN has consistently called for economic sanctions against the Burmese military regime, and at this crucial time urges the European Union to impose strong new economic sanctions on the regime..."]...Lanna Action takes on the SPDC ["Lanna Action for Burma (LAB), made up of long time Burma pro-democracy campaigners in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand (Lanna), has been carrying out protest actions against the SPDC’s recent crackdown on peaceful demonstrators..."]
Language: English
Source/publisher: Shan Women's Action Network (SWAN)
Format/size: pdf (625K - OBL version; 5.02MB - original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.shanwomen.org
Date of entry/update: 01 November 2010


Title: SWAN - Shan Women’s Action Network Newsletter September 2006 # 7
Date of publication: September 2006
Description/subject: Working towards change ["One of SWAN’s founding members, Khu (Teacher) Harn Noan, speaks of her life as a teacher, health worker and women’s rights activist along the Shan-Thai border..."]...Dealing with crisis ["“Without this centre, I would have no place to go in Thailand as I have no family or relatives,” said a pregnant woman who had been beaten regularly by her husband since only 4 days after marrying him. This is just one of the many cases that SWAN’s Women’s Crisis Support Centre has assisted since it was set up five years ago in northern Thailand. The centre has provided emergency support to women and children facing domestic violence, sexual abuse, trafficking, exploitation, or simply lack of access to health care..."]...SPDC’s new anti-trafficking law: a further tool of oppression...The regime’s 2006 sexual offensive in Central Shan State...Controversial Salween dam plans continue...Experiencing Christmas good-will in Denmark...News Briefs: Licence to Rape published in Hindi; SWAN delivers key-note speech at launch of Cambodian Parliamentary Caucus on Burma; SWAN joins high-level Roundtable on Burma
Language: English
Source/publisher: Shan Women's Action Network (SWAN)
Format/size: pdf (152K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.shanwomen.org/
Date of entry/update: 01 November 2010


Title: SWAN - Shan Women’s Action Network Newsletter September 2005 # 6
Date of publication: September 2005
Description/subject: Shan refugee pushback raises high-level Thai concerns...SPDC manipulating women in Burma using MWAF ["...On 18 July, 2005, the Woman and Child Rights Project - Southern Burma and the Human Rights Foundation of Monland released a new report Catwalk to the B a r r a c k s exposing official conscription of “comfort women” by Burma Army troops and other evidence of systemic sexual violence in Mon areas of Burma...Ironically, the report came out soon after speakers at a ceremony held by the Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation (MWAF) to mark “Myanmar Women’s Day” in Moulmein were reported as stating emphatically “There is no sexual crime in Mon State.”..."]...“Ready for Action” at a SWAN school ["The Danish Foreign Ministry is supporting a project of the Danish Burma Committee (DBC) to raise funds for SWAN’s education program during the 2005 Christmas and New Year holiday season in Denmark. The project involved the production of a docudrama about the situation of children of Shan refugees surviving as migrant workers in northern Thailand..."]...Poisoned refuge ["Tens of thousands of Shan refugees have ended up working as migrant labourers in tangerine orchards in northern Thailand. The tangerine industry has boomed in the past ten years, now spreading over 125,000 acres of land in northern Chiang Mai province alone. Concerns have increasingly been raised about the environmental impacts of these orchards, particularly the overuse of highly toxic chemical pesticides, many of which are banned in other countries. However, most data has focussed on the impacts on the Thai villagers living around the orchards, who have suffered health problems mainly from chemical pollution of water sources. There have been no studies of the impacts of the chemicals on the Shan workers actually living in the orchards. SWAN interviewed a Shan refugee woman from Fang district of Chiang Mai about her experience working in a tangerine orchard..."]...News Briefs: Four women from Burma among nominees for Nobel Peace Prize; Concerns raised over expansion of WFP programs; China urged to reveal Salween dam impact studies.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Shan Women's Action Network (SWAN)
Format/size: pdf (191K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.shanwomen.org
Date of entry/update: 01 November 2010


Title: SWAN - Shan Women’s Action Network Newsletter September 2004 # 5
Date of publication: September 2004
Description/subject: Behind the regime’s anti-trafficking facade...The “Underground” School ["Over three years ago, one of the SWAN members helped found a school for Shan State youth in Thailand. Against all odds, the school continues to flourish and fulfill a critical need for education..."]...Nationwide military sexual violence: Ongoing war against women and girls in Burma ["It has been more than two years since Licence to Rape was released, exposing the use of rape as a military strategy in Burma and triggering an international outcry. For the first time, the world started to take notice of the fact that women and girls in Burma, particularly in the ethnic states, have been suffering sexual violence committed by the regime’s troops and authorities for decades. Has there been any improvement in the lives of women and girls since then? Sadly, the answer is NO. The regime’s use of sexual violence has been ongoing, and recent reports from inside Burma have highlighted the continuing culture of impunity for military rapists..."]...Recognise us as refugees first - Shan refugees and repatriation ["As ceasefire talks have continued during 2004 between the Burmese military regime and the Karen National Union, contingency plans have been drawn up by international agencies for repatriation of the over 140,000 Karen and Karenni refugees in camps along the Thai-Burma border..."]...SWAN Program Update: Crisis Support Centre on the border; Women’s Empowerment Program; Internship Program...Young women taking the lead ["An interview with Ying Lao, aged 20, a member of SWAN’s training team. She has been conducting workshops for young Shan men and women on constitutions and federalism..."]
Language: English
Source/publisher: Shan Women's Action Network (SWAN)
Format/size: pdf (455K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.shanwomen.org/
Date of entry/update: 01 November 2010


Title: SWAN - Shan Women’s Action Network Newsletter September 2003 # 4
Date of publication: September 2003
Description/subject: STILL LICENSED TO RAPE ["While world media has focused on the May 30 massacre and the arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi in Central Burma, atrocities committed in Shan State at the same time have gone unnoticed..."]...International advocacy to Stop Licence to Rape...FLICKERS OF LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS SWAN’s Education Program ["Providing basic education for the refugee children along the Thai-Shan border is one of SWAN’s priorities. Currently, SWAN is supporting 11 schools, both along the border in de facto refugee settlements, and deeper inside Thailand for children of refugees surviving as migrant workers..."]...“RESCUE” OR ARREST? Concerns about anti-trafficking efforts...SWAN Program Update: Crisis Support on the border; Community Health Services; Licence To Rape translated into four languages; Expanding Internship Program...No to Rape, No to Dams on the Salween...News Briefs: Women’s League of Burma holds 2nd Congress; Aid watchdog in full swing...New hope for Shan refugees? ["Nearly one and a half years after fleeing from their homes in Shan State, about 400 refugees are still living in makeshift, communal huts near the border in Thailand’s northern Chiang Mai province. Yet, in comparison to the vast majority of Shan refugees, these refugees feel themselves lucky..."]...SWAN tackles refugee myths
Language: English
Source/publisher: Shan Women's Action Network (SWAN)
Format/size: pdf (285K)
Date of entry/update: 01 November 2010


Title: SWAN - Shan Women’s Action Network Newsletter September 2002 # 3
Date of publication: September 2002
Description/subject: Message from SWAN ["We have been overwhelmed by the worldwide support we have received since the publication of the report "Licence to Rape" in June of this year. We wish to express our deepest appreciation to our friends around the world who have put all their efforts into spreading our campaign internationally..."]...LICENCE TO RAPE...COMPLING LICENCE TO RAPE...BOOK LAUNCH OF THAI LICENCE TO RAPE...SWAN denounces Burmese regime's investigation into rape report as a sham...NEWS BRIEFS: Grassroots activists from Burma form aid watchdog; Women's League of Burma calls for UN fact-finding mission to investigate sexual violence; Thai-based regional NGOs launch "Petition To Stop Licence To Rape in Shan State, Burma"... WHAT IS A REFUGEE? A SWAN member relates her personal experience...SHAN REFUGEES IN LIMBO...SWAN'S CRISIS SUPPORT PROGRAM... Deadly neglect - Lack of reproductive rights is endangering the lives of Shan women...Salween Watch Update
Language: English
Source/publisher: Shan Women's Action Network (SWAN)
Format/size: pdf (75K)
Date of entry/update: 01 November 2010


Title: SWAN - Shan Women’s Action Network Newsletter July 2001 # 2
Date of publication: July 2001
Description/subject: MESSAGE FROM SWAN...Women of Strength - Teacher Mary - Her life and work...Granting the Right to Education...LEARNING TO SPEAK OUT - Interview with a SWAN intern...News Briefs: Thai officer rapist gets cut in benefits; Women’s League of Burma; “Human Rights in Practice” now in Burmese; Pesticides killing Shan refugees; Shans appeal to international community to join campaign against Salween dam
Language: English
Source/publisher: Shan Women's Action Network (SWAN)
Format/size: pdf (44K)
Date of entry/update: 01 November 2010


Title: SWAN - Shan Women’s Action Network Newsletter September 1999 # 1
Date of publication: September 1999
Description/subject: MESSAGE FROM SWAN: Introducing our organization; SWAN members open clinic... Against all odds (profile of Shan woman writer Nang Kham Gu)...Real Peace and Freedom - "In April 1999, Charm Thong, a 17-year-old SWAN member from the Shan-Thai border, attended the UN Commission on Human Rights session in Geneva. Here is her account of the experience..."...Networking with Thai NGOs to demand justice over rape of Shan migrants...Rape: Targeting the military...14-year-old girl raped and burned to death in Laikha...Save the Salween
Language: English
Source/publisher: Shan Women's Action Network (SWAN)
Format/size: pdf (50K)
Date of entry/update: 01 November 2010