Statement from the Shan Women’s Action Network On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 2017

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25 November 2017

On this day of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Shan Women’s Action Network (SWAN) urges the Government of Myanmar (GOM) to comply with their obligation to Article 10 of the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which calls for providing women and girls with equal access to education. SWAN also calls on the Tatmadaw to cease decade-long armed conflict in Shan State and other ethnic states, which hinders access to education for women and girls[..]

Press Release: Question of access to justice for women and girls facing violence in Burma

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27 April 2016
SWAN condemns the corrupted judicial system and the judge who accepted the recent lawsuit filed by the powerful Chinese businessman, U Kyan Yee Kane, in Muse. This businessman brutally attacked an 18 year old Shan girl, who was previously sexually assaulted by his son-in-law. SWAN calls for a full, comprehensive investigation of the case. SWAN also urges the new government to invest in efforts to fully restore the rule of law in Burma to ensure justice for victims of crime.


On the 6th of November, 2014 ( full moon day of Tazaunghmone), the 17-year old Shan girl, a cook for Xin Hua Company in Mandalay, was sexually assaulted by Maung Hla Sein, alias Kin Min Jee (age 24; ID No. 13/kahana (N) 016747) at Shwe Phyu Guesthouse in Shwe Bo. Maung Hla Sein was the person in charge of the Xin Hua Company branch at this time. After the assault, Maung Hla Sein promised that he would marry the girl. The girl stayed with him for 3 months. When she got pregnant, he drugged her, causing her unborn child to be aborted without her consent. Afterward, he told her to go home and wait for him, promising that he would marry her within 2 months.

Save The Salween Network

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Statement - Yangon, February 22, 2016

Plans to build dams on the Salween River, started by the previous military regime, have recently been accelerated by U Thein Sein’s government, which, on February 2, 2016, without informing or consulting Burma’s citizens, signed an agreement with China allowing implementation of 18 out of 29 hydropower dam projects planned by Chinese companies in Burma. This is not only going to create misunderstanding between ethnic peoples and the new government, but will also have impacts on ethnic armed groups and the current peace process.