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SHAN Journalist Code of Conduct

SHAN Journalist Code of Conduct

Recently, Burma has witnessed a number of incidents involving hate speech, including communal violence, and incitement of discrimination. Hate speech and prejudice constitute a sensitive issue for Burma as the country is multicultural and pluralistic society. It is crucial that to prevent and avoid more hatred and violence, while Burma is at the turning point of moving forward with the peace process, trust building and national reconciliation. Accordingly, SHAN will adhere to the following principles:

 

Peacemakers need to work fast and furious

Peacemakers need to work fast and furious

Following the 6th meeting between Naypyitaw’s Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC) and the ethnic armies’ Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), Lt-Gen Myint Soe, head of the Burma Army’s Bureau of Special Operations (BSO) #2, reportedly told the media the long-awaited Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) could be signed by 1 August.

Peace Process in Burma: Beware of new Cold War

Peace Process in Burma: Beware of new Cold War

Call it KMT aggression. Or call it War on Drugs, if you like. Or both. But the 40 year war between successive Burmese governments and their people from 1949 to 1989 when the Communist Party of Burma (CPB) was overthrown by its Kokang, Wa and Mongla forces, wars also part of the Cold War that was fought between the world’s superpowers.

The curse of Shan unity/disunity

The curse of Shan unity/disunity

Last 9 April, 3,663 Shan monks together with elders from 52 townships in Shan State sent a signed appeal to 4 major Shan movements – 2 of which are political parties and the other 2 armed groups – urging them to merge into one single party and one single army.

The way to peace: Practise what The Buddha preaches

The way to peace: Practise what The Buddha preaches

The 16th of April is regarded as the New Year for most of the people of Burma who are Buddhists, although Buddhist scriptures have not mentioned April as New Year. Indeed, for real Buddhists, the New Year begins with the end of the Full Moon Day of the Kasone (The 6th Lunar Month for Shans) that falls either in May or June, when the Buddha passed away into Nirvana.

2008 constitution and Wa call for statehood

2008 constitution and Wa call for statehood

If Wa wants a separate from the Shans, it is not by antagonizing them, but by waging a charm offensive, according to the military-drawn constitution.

The Wa, together with PaO, Palaung, Kokang and Danu, has been granted a Self Administered statues with 6 townships in Shan State, of which 4: Pangwai, Mongmai, Napharn, and Panghsang (Pangkham) are under the control of the United Wa State Army (UWSA) and 2 (Hopang and Markmang) under the Burma Army.

Naypyitaw makes latest proposal tantalizing

Naypyitaw makes latest proposal tantalizing

 

Call it whatever you like, “a big bait” or “a real change of heart”, but the government’s latest Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) draft, reportedly drawn up by the military is a long way off from its hang-tough original that was dished out to the armed resistance movements (ARMs) last November, according to some of its excerpts that recently came to SHAN.

President’s Myitkyina speech needs support especially from the Army

President’s Myitkyina speech needs support especially from the Army

 

 

Last Sunday, 16 March, President Thein Sein made an unprecedented visit to Myitkyina, capital of the Kachin State. Unprecedented because he was accompanied by the defense chief Senior Gen Min Aung Hlaing, who was with him when he delivered his address to the Kachin Baptist Federation.

The peace process: One/Single Text negotiation

The peace process: One/Single Text negotiation

One of the good news that came out of the latest meeting between the Armed Resistance Movements (ARMs)’s Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) and Naypyitaw’s Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC), 9-10 March, was that the “one text” also known as “single text” negotiating technique would be reactivated.

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