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Youth arrested for singing political song by admin — last modified 2008-01-11 06:47
A Shan youth has been arrested by the Burmese authorities for singing a Shan song at the Shan New Year celebration in Mong Yai, northern Shan State, Burma, according to local sources.
Shan families flee from forced labor by admin — last modified 2008-01-17 07:58
According to SHAN's border stringer, over ten families from Mong Nai southern Shan State, fled to Thai-Burma border to avoid forced labour imposed by the SPDC soldiers and now they are working illegally in orange farms in Thai border as daily paid workers.
Junta increases communication fees by admin — last modified 2008-01-17 06:22
Since the September crackdown on peaceful protesters, Burma’s military regime has increased the communication fees.
Junta forces people to buy VCDs by admin — last modified 2008-01-17 08:00
Junta authorities have been forcing people to buy VCDs at a high price in Mong Yang (90 km north of Keng Tung) at Sino-Burma border, according to a local source.
Police force villagers to grow sunflower plants by admin — last modified 2008-01-18 06:16
Police authorities have been forcing villagers in Mong Ngaw Township, Kyaukme District, northern Shan State to grow sunflower plants for cooking oil after harvest of their monsoon paddy.
Customs official abuses power in Burma border town by admin — last modified 2008-01-18 06:18
The new customs officer, Lieutenant Myint Naing Htay at Myawaddy, the Burma border town opposite Maesod, is taking kickbacks on contraband goods from traders, according to one of the traders along the border who wishes to remain anonymous.
Junta forces people to buy motorbikes by admin — last modified 2008-01-18 08:57
Local authorities have been forcing people to buy motorcycles for their use in Mong Ngaw Township, Kyaukme District, Northern Shan State, according to a local source.
Junta collects illegal taxes and fees from local people by admin — last modified 2008-01-22 06:15
One of the public relation stunts for the junta is to eradicate drugs from the country but a reliable source from inside Burma reported that junta officials are hardly doing their job and collecting opium and other taxes from local people in some parts of Southern Shan State.
Locals punished as porters on false charges by admin — last modified 2008-01-22 06:17
According to a reliable source from the border, the SPDC soldiers from Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) 286 based in Mong Nawng, Southern Shan State accused villagers of having contact with the rebel groups and forced them to portering for them.
Asian gays call for acceptance by admin — last modified 2008-01-23 10:25
International Lesbians and Gays Association Asia (ILGA-ASIA) will march the first pride parade on 26 January 2008, the first time in history, a press release by ILGA-Asia stated. The parade is part of the 3rd International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) Asia Regional Conference where more than 150 gay rights activists will gather from 24-28 January at the BP Chiang Mai City Hotel.
Locals forced to donate by admin — last modified 2008-01-24 08:23
Tachilek Township Peace and Development Council (TPDC) is forcing people to donate money to the city's Shwedagon pagoda replica on the Thai-Burma border, said a local source.
Ceasefire group defies junta over land grab by admin — last modified 2008-01-25 05:54
The Mongla ceasefire group in Shan State East has for 2 months been on a collision course with a Burma Army commander over the latter’s seizure of a 16-acre woodland belonging to local villagers, according to ceasefire sources.
Junta readies to open new border bridge by admin — last modified 2008-01-28 09:41
Burma is ready to open a new bridge on Nam Mao River, better known as Shweli, on the Sino- Burma border in northern Shan State, according to a local source.
Teenager raped by junta soldiers by admin — last modified 2008-01-30 09:32
A 16 year old teenage girl from Mong Liang village in Mong Pieng township (Eastern Shan State) was dragged into a farm and raped by a group of soldiers from Mong Pieng based Light Infantry Batallion 360, according to a local source.
Refugee mother lives with uncertain hope by admin — last modified 2008-02-15 11:48
I am holding the phone and I heard her calling me 'mother' very clearly. I was thrilled and my eyes were filled with tears.
Small school, big heart by admin — last modified 2008-02-16 10:00
“Our children, their hearts are filled with pain because their parents were killed and some were tortured by the military government. Some children have never seen their parents since they were born. If people suffer like them, they naturally want to take revenge. As for me, I am a teacher and I have responsibility to replace their vengeful hearts with education for their future” Kawn Wan who is a teacher in Loi Tai Leng, opposite Maehongson, said.
Junta collects taxes on home entertainment by admin — last modified 2008-02-19 07:19
Burma’s junta earn money from collecting taxes on home entertainment from villages in Pong Pa Khem sub-township, Mong Ton Township, in Eastern Shan State on the Thai-Burma border, according to our reporter based on the border.
Junta makes free use of villagers' tractors by admin — last modified 2008-02-21 04:07
Junta authorities conscript villagers’ tractors for their use and also force people to whitewash fences in Mong Ton Township, Eastern Shan State on the Thai-Burma border, according to SHAN reporter based on the border.
Burmese soldiers harassing villagers by admin — last modified 2008-02-21 04:09
Burma Army soldiers on patrol harass villagers after accusing them of contacting with SSA soldiers in the area of Mongkeung and Kehsi Townships, Southern Shan State.
More exploitation on villagers since crackdown by admin — last modified 2008-02-22 07:48
Burma Army soldiers in Southern Shan State are taking villagers’ livestock, money and luxury items and collected illegal taxes on poppy fields as well as forced villagers to buy motorbikes for them.
Local authority allows planting of taxed cucumber by admin — last modified 2008-02-25 09:50
During the first week of this month, Hpa Kant local authorities allowed planting of cucumber after collecting taxes from farmers at Hpa Kant in Kachin State, according to a S.H.A.N reporter:
Villagers persuaded to become soldiers by admin — last modified 2008-02-25 09:53
Burma junta is persuading people to recruit as soldiers or become members of Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) by promising high positions to the public in Nam Kham Township at the Sino-Burma border, reported a local source.
Teachers demand money for students to enter exam by admin — last modified 2008-02-25 09:59
Early this month, the students from No. 1 High School in Tachileik Town, Eastern Shan State were asked to pay money in order to pass an exam which will be held in the coming month.
Union Day Festival no fun for ethnic participants by admin — last modified 2008-03-01 12:03
Ethnic representatives who went to the new capital to join the Union Day festival were disillusioned by maximum security imposed by the authorities there, according to participants who recently returned to the border.
Authorities levy house tax in Southern Shan State by admin — last modified 2008-03-05 06:02
Local authorities from Excise Department have been illegally collecting taxes, amounting to millions of Kyat on houses from the villagers in Mong Pan Township Langkher District, Southern Shan State, according to a local source.
Junta army accuses civilians of killing its members by admin — last modified 2008-03-09 11:37
The Burma Army had accused civilians of killing its members, who were reportedly shot dead by members of Shan State Army (SSA) South in Mawk Mai Township, reported SHAN reporter Chaiya from southern Shan State.
Women call for workplace rights by admin — last modified 2008-03-10 05:04
On the streets of Chiang Mai, Thailand, working women yesterday called for rights entitled to in their workplace, and to recognize all jobs held by women as proper jobs.
Junta forces villagers to plant teak by admin — last modified 2008-03-14 06:36
Villagers are being forced by military authorities of Burmese junta to plant teak in Mong Pieng Township, eastern Shan State according to local sources.
Forced donations for ID cards by admin — last modified 2008-03-24 10:41
Civilians are being forced by local immigration officers to make cash donations in order to receive ID cards that will enable holders to vote during constitutional referendum in May, according to residents of Namkham Township, Sino-Burma border.
Pro-junta militia forces people to relocate by admin — last modified 2008-03-28 05:31
Former Shan State Army (SSA) South's 758th Brigade commander Sao Mong Zeun who surrendered to the Burmese military in 2006 has forced people in Pa Hsang village tract to move to Na Poi village tract under his control in Nam Zang Township.
Daughter raped, mother beaten, villagers robbed by admin — last modified 2008-03-28 05:34
A Burma Army patrol had last week robbed villagers in Southern Shan State, where a girl was raped and her mother was beaten, according to local sources.
Villagers ordered to pay for the polling booths by admin — last modified 2008-04-07 11:18
People who are over 18 year were quickly issued temporary cards by the local authorities and money are collected from villagers to prepare for the voting places for the coming May referendum at Namkhum village, according to residents of Namkham Township, on the Sino-Burma border.
Villagers forced to call family members abroad back to support charter by admin — last modified 2008-04-27 08:39
Junta authorities in Mongpiang township, Eastern Shan State have been forcing villagers to call their family members from foreign countries back to support for the junta drafted charter in the upcoming May referendum, according to a reliable source.
Villagers forced to do repairs on the hydropower dam project by admin — last modified 2008-04-30 10:29
Junta authorities in Namkham township, Northern Shan State, have been forcing villagers to repair the collapsed bank of the Shweli Hydropower Dam Project which is established on the Shweli River, according to a reliable local source.
Civilian trucks forced to carry relief goods by admin — last modified 2008-05-13 10:28
Burmese military has been forcing 6 wheel and 10 wheel trucks to transport goods at Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State, to Rangoon and Irrawaddy which were hit by Cyclone Nargis on 2-3 May, according to sources from Southern Shan State.
Authorities force people to work till death by admin — last modified 2008-05-15 05:24
3 villagers were drowned after local authorities forced them to make a raft and many other people were forced to clear the bushes beside the Nammao River, also known as Shweli in Namkham Township, according to reliable sources.
Market sellers forced to donate for Cyclone Nargis victims by admin — last modified 2008-05-15 11:13
Municipal officials in northern Shan State have been forcing traders to donate for survivors of Cyclone Nargis which on 2-3 May hit Rangoon, Irrawaddy, Mon State, Pegu division and Karen State, according to reliable sources.
Authorities force people to tick on referendum eve by admin — last modified 2008-05-22 12:46
Local authorities had forced people to tick in support of the draft constitution during night time, and threatened them not to leak out the news, resulting in 90% support in the Kunhing township, 141 mile west of Kengtung, capital of eastern Shan State.
Shan State assigned 500 cows, buffaloes to aid Nargis victims by admin — last modified 2008-05-26 09:59
Eastern region commander was ordered by the junta from Nyapyidaw to collect money from the people of Shan State to send 500 cows and buffaloes to Nargis victims in the Irrawaddy delta, according to Southern Shan State sources.
Rice transport banned in Shan State by admin — last modified 2008-06-11 07:15
In accordance with order from Naypyidaw, regional commanders have banned rice transportation between towns in Shan State and anyone breaking the rule will be imprisoned, according to reliable sources.
Villagers forced to buy Jatropha seeds at high price by admin — last modified 2008-06-11 11:17
Junta’s local authorities are forcing people in Shan State to buy Jatropha curcas seeds at higher prices for plantation during rainy season, according to reliable sources.
Shan migrant workers in Fang raided by admin — last modified 2008-06-18 08:18
Newly settled houses of Shan migrant workers in Chiangmai's Fang district were raided by the Thai authorities yesterday morning and 19 people have been detained at the Fang police station until now.
Villagers flee to border to escape abuses by Burma Army by admin — last modified 2008-06-26 04:08
Villagers from Kunhing township, southern Shan State have been fleeing to Tachilek, Thai-Burma border to escape arrests and abuses committed by Burma Army following clash with Shan State Army last week, a Shan Herald reporter, Long Mai reports from the border.
Sexual violence continues in Shan State by admin — last modified 2008-06-27 07:33
Sexual violence goes on in Shan State as the clashes between Burma Army and Shan State Army (SSA) increase, since the Burmese military beefed up its security forces, before the May 10 referendum and after the Cyclone Nargis devastated its delta areas, according to a Shan Herald reporte from the border.
Villagers tortured for "not seeing" the rebels by admin — last modified 2008-07-05 05:50
Three villagers from Kunhing, southern Shan State were beaten by the Burmese Army on 3 July and after they denied seeing and knowing the whereabouts of the Shan State Army (SSA) "South" fighters in the areas, reports Shan Herald correspondent from southern Shan State.
Villages deserted as residents flee to border to escape military persecution by admin — last modified 2008-07-08 09:30
Long Keng village in Mong Pan township, southern Shan State, became deserted when villagers fled to border after some of them were detained and tortured and some disappeared as the military accused them of killing their members one month ago, reported SHAN correspondent from southern Shan State.
Relief comes to Shan State by admin — last modified 2008-07-30 06:57
Free Burma Rangers (FBR) relief teams provided a small glimpse into the lives of the people during the mission to Shan State in June and July, according to FBR report on 23 July.
Caught in the crossfire by admin — last modified 2008-08-01 04:59
Burmese civilians are caught between a military dictatorship determined to drive them from their villages, and an unsympathetic Thai government more interested in trade than helping refugees.
More trafficking of women reported by admin — last modified 2008-08-05 10:56
In Kachin State, north of Burma, not only Kachin women were trafficked, but of many other ethnic women like Shan, Palaung, Chinese and Burmese women were being sold to Chinese men as wives and sex industries on the Sino-Burma border while looking for work, according to a report by a Kachin group which came out today.
Continued human rights violation in Shan State by admin — last modified 2008-08-14 08:28
Villagers from Kehsi township, Southern Shan State, were forced to porter and one had been killed by the Burma Army during portering, according to sources who fled to the border.
People in Shan State forced to join local militias by admin — last modified 2008-09-02 04:17
The Burma Army has been forcing villagers in Shan State to join pro-junta local militia forces, according to reliable sources.
Burma Army continues violating child rights by admin — last modified 2008-09-12 04:22
Despite international pressure on the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) to stop recruiting and using child soldiers, the SPDC has been continuously violating child rights to recruit or use child soldiers in its army, according to a report from Sino-Burma border.
Villagers living and dying for the army by admin — last modified 2008-09-17 02:19
In order to escape several abuses and forced labor by the Burmese military, villagers in Southern Shan State have been fleeing to the Thai-Burma border, according to SHAN sources from the border.
Junta’s license to gamble destroying people’s lives by admin — last modified 2008-09-21 04:32
Even while people are facing difficulties to struggle for livelihood, the junta authorities in Kachin State have been allowing to open gambling dens resulting in the loss of property with one committing suicide, according to sources from the Sino-Burma border.
Authorities raising funds for Cyclone Nargis victims by admin — last modified 2008-10-11 02:14
Authorities from Department of Road Transport Administration based in Nay Pyi Daw have been pressing people in Mong Yang township, Keng Tung district to obtain motorcycle licenses in order to raise funds for Cyclone Nargis victims, according to sources from eastern Shan State.
USDA member extorted by Junta agency by admin — last modified 2008-10-23 05:23
A member of junta-backed Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) was fined when his livestock was found grazing on rubber plantation owned by electricity department in Mongyang township, eastern Shan State, according to sources.
Shan group offers assistance to Shan migrants in Malaysia by admin — last modified 2008-11-07 10:12
Despite numerous difficulties, the Shan Refugee Organization (SRO) based in Malaysia has been struggling to assist Shan refugees who are suffering consequences of the lack of status in Malaysia, according to the leader of the group, Sai Lao Hseng.
Villagers forced to porter during junta campaign against rebels by admin — last modified 2008-11-14 10:02
Burma army units active in areas of Mongkeung township, southern Shan State, has been forcing many villagers to porter and guide them during the recent operations against the Shan State Army (SSA) South, according to sources.
Shan woman’s fight moving to world arena by admin — last modified 2008-11-27 10:28
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).
New arrival refugees pressured by Australian authorities to find jobs by admin — last modified 2008-11-28 05:28
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.
Villagers scared of junta’s railroad construction plan between Namzang-Kengtung by admin — last modified 2008-12-08 10:21
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.