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.

Urgent update by the Shan Human Rights Foundation

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November 20, 2015

Burma Army shelling and aerial bombing of 6,000 civilians in Mong Nawng town are war crimes

The Shan Human Rights Foundation strongly condemns the Burma Army shelling and aerial bombing of Mong Nawng town in central Shan State between November 9 and 12, 2015. The firing of shells and bombs directly into the centre of this densely populated town of 6,000 people, damaging houses and causing civilian injury, meets the definition of war crimes, and must be denounced and acted upon by the international community.

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