Armed conflict in Shan State - the human rights situation
|Title:|| ||Shan Human Rights Foundation
|Description/subject:|| ||Contains the Shan Human Rights Foundation Monthly newsletters from 1998|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF)|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||07 December 2009|
|Title:|| ||Shan Women's Action Network (SWAN)
|Description/subject:|| ||"SWAN is a founding member of the Women's League of Burma (WLB), an umbrella women's organization comprising eleven women's groups from Burma. SWAN, through its affiliation with other women's organizations, establishes common platforms to promote the role of women from Burma in the struggle for democracy and human rights in their country.
SWAN's objectives: * Promoting women's rights and the rights of children; * Opposing exploitation of and violence against women and children; * Working together for peace and freedom in our society; * Empowering women for a better life; * Raising awareness to preserve natural resources and the environment. Background of SWAN
SWAN was set up on 28 March 1999 by a group of Shan women active in Thailand and along the Thai- Burma border seeking to address the needs of Shan women. In fact, before the formation of SWAN, Shan women in various locations had already been active in a number of projects to assist women. Even though informal networks were in place, it was felt that more could be achieved, in addressing both practical and strategic needs of Shan women, if a more concrete network among the various women could be formed.
This Shan women's network would also be able to coordinate with other women's organizations from Burma, as well as GOs and NGOs working with women locally, nationally and internationally.
The Shan State is over 64,000 square kilometers in size and forms the eastern part of the Union of Burma bordering China, Laos and Thailand. The people of the Shan State, like in other areas of Burma, suffer from abuse inflicted by the Burmese military regime, which according to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch Asia is amongst the worst in the world. The abuse inflicted on the Shan people by the Burmese military has forced many people to flee for their lives to Thailand.
The Thai government, however, does not recognize the Shan people as refugees and unlike the Karen and Karenni refugees, has not allowed them to set up refugees camps along the Thai-Burmese border. Consequently the Shans are forced to enter Thailand illegally, which leaves them extremely vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Despite this, Shan people are still coming to take refuge in Thailand. The estimated number of Shans working illegally in Thailand is at least 300,000. Among them are many girls and young women who have been trafficked into Thai brothels, where they face a wide range of abuse including sexual and other physical violence, debt bondage, exposure to HIV/AIDS, forced labor without payment and illegal confinement..."
Reports, programmes etc.|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Shan Women's Action Network (SWAN)|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||April 2003|
|Title:|| ||The human rights situation in Shan State
|Description/subject:|| ||Link to "Discrimination Against the Shan" in the OBL Human Rights section|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Online Burma/Myanmar Library|
|Format/size:|| ||html, pdf|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||20 June 2012|
|Title:|| ||Burma Army conscripts porters, detains elderly and children during â€œclearance operationsâ€
|Date of publication:|| ||07 September 2018|
|Description/subject:|| ||"From July 23 to August 9, 2018, Burma Army troops from five battalions â€“ LIB 115, 501, 504, 505, 506 -- carried out a â€œclearance operationâ€ in villages north of the Upper Yeywa dam site in Kyaukme, northern Shan State. They forced 21 villagers to be porters and guides for up to five days, beating and kicking them for not understanding Burmese. They were only released after intervention from a Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) MP from Kyaukme. The Burma Army troops also shot indiscriminately into a village, where they detained over 50 elderly, women and children in a buffalo stall for three nights.
Local villagers are strongly opposed to the Upper Yeywa dam, which is being built on the Namtu/Myitnge river. On August 11, 2018, eleven SNLD MPs visited impacted communities and called for a halt to the dam, invested in by Swiss, German, Japanese and Chinese companies..."|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Shan Human Rights Foundation|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||24 October 2018|