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Feraya Ullathorne - Sao Sarm Pao

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10th September 2014

Myanmar Peace-making Process:
The Current Changing Political Situation in Shan State

The Current Changing Political Situation in Shan State

Mr Khuensai Jaiyen

Mr Khuensai Jaiyen, Editor-in-Chief, Shan Herald Agency for News and Managing Director of the Pyidaungsu Institute for Peace and Dialogue

Date: 10 September 2014Time: 5:15 PM

Finishes: 10 September 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Chair: Dr Michael Charney, History Department & Member of the Centre of South East Asian Studies, SOAS


The talk will cover the following issues:

Of course, everybody hopes this latest process that began in August 2011 will be the last time. A change of mindset from both sides is necessary to do that: that peace is not like war. There can be no winners and losers in peace, but only winners. The sooner both sides accept the idea, the sooner peace and harmony will be achieved for all those concerned, both at home and abroad.
Conquest beget hate. The conquered lives in distress. He who is at peace gives up victory and defeat, and thus live happily.

The Buddha, who was said to have uttered the words twice, the first time after Ajatasattu, King of Magadha, defeated Pasenadi, King of Kosala, and the second time vice versa.

Speaker Biography

Khuensai Jaiyen is Editor-in-Chief, Shan Herald Agency for News, which he founded in 1991. He is also an Advisor to the Shan Human Rights Foundation (since 1990), the School for Shan State Nationalities Youth (since 2001) and Chairman, Shan State Constitution Drafting Commission (since 2007). He served in the resistance for 27 years. He is Managing Director of the Pyidaungsu Institute for Peace and Dialogue formed in August 2013. Known as PI, the Institute has been assisting the non-Burman ethnic communities in their negotiations with the government.

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Contact Tel: 020 7898 4893

Open Letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
from Shan Community Based Organizations

Dear Secretary Kerry,

We wish to alert you to the escalating military operations by Burmese government troops in central Shan State, which are destabilizing the current peace process, and threatening the lives of innocent civilians. .....see more

Bringing Justice to Women of Burma Bringing Justice to Women of Burma

"Bringing Justice to Women of Burma" a short film highlighting continued systematic and widespread rape against women and girls in Burma, in particular in the areas of renewed military offensives in Kachin, Karen and Shan State after so-called democratic elections.


Same Impunity, Same Pattern: Report of Systematic Sexual Violence in Burma’s Ethnic Areas Same Impunity, Same Pattern:Report of Systematic Sexual Violence in Burma’s Ethnic Areas

From the report:- On November 27, 2012, a 26-year-old woman was gang-raped by seven Burmese soldiers. When the woman’s husband returned home, the soldiers threatened to kill him. “Even if you tell other people, there is no one who will take action,” they said. “We have the authority to rape women.”

Also see:- Report outlines ongoing sexualized violence in Burma

A new report provides evidence of the Burmese military’s extensive and systematic use of sexualized violence against women, and outlines reforms that are necessary to ensure justice for women. Scores of women have been sexually assaulted since 2010, and more than 28 women have been killed or died from their injuries. Most violations are linked to military offensives in resource-rich areas.

Job Opportunities in Lashio, Shan State

[click here] We are pleased to offer a number of job opportunities for qualified Tais/Shans and we would very much appreciate if you could help spread words on the jobs announcement from the "Heng Metta Cooperative" based in Lashio, Shan State.

posted December 2013

RCSS Anti Narcotic Division

RCSS Drug Analysis - Dec 2013 (English)

Past, Present and Future of the Tai Yai/ Shan People - A Personal View

Sao Noan Oo's Presentation at SOAS on the 24th. of November 2013 - 2108 Be Mai Tai - Shan New Year



My Parent's Engagement & Wedding Ceremony

Here is a collage I made of my parents' engagement and wedding ceremonies, celebrating the deep love they shared. They were truly devoted to each other all of their lives. My father was Sao Hseng Ong prince of Yawnghwe and my mother was Sao Hom Noan princess of Lawksawk. (Their engagement was at the President's house in Rangoon and their wedding was at Lawksawk Haw.)

Tai Children


This is my Yawnghwe family picture at Yawnghwe Haw. My paternal Grandfather was Sao Shwe Thaike (first president of independent Burma), Sao Hpa Long of Yawnghwe and my Grandmother Sao Nang Yee was his beloved Mahadevi. My uncle Sao Hseng Hpa was the eldest son and my father Sao Hseng Ong was the second son. They are in the pic as children and as adults. My aunt Sao Sanda (the little girl) is also in the picture. Also, Sao Sanda is standing with her two brothers. Her mother was Sao Nang Sanda on the rightside foreground with my grandfather.


My maternal Lawksawk Grandfather and Kengtung Grandmother, their parents and their children. Remembering my ancesters today, with love and thankfulness.


This digital artwork is of Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin). I and my family lived there from 1962-1965, and although we were there not very long, those were the years when there were major changes in Burma and life was like a roller coaster. We left Burma in 1965 for UK. My old school is in the picture on the top left. Maymyo was a multi-cultural town. Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Christians lived harmoniously with each other. Everything changed in 1962 when General Ne Win came into power. The horse-drawn gharis in the sky express how chaotic life was at that time, and I was a young girl who day dreamed a lot to "escape" from the crisis that was happening around me.


Happy Shan New Year


I was born in Kalaw, Shan State, Burma. That was a long time ago (62 years). Kalaw was a peaceful, unspoilt and beautiful place. The air was pure and the climate was never extreme with no pollution. There were many animals such as leopards. There were no electricity until 1954. My mother said it was like "Shangrila" which was the name of a film she saw. Now-a-days there are holiday resorts and hotels for tourists and the Burmese generals' big houses. I don't want to return to Kalaw because it may destroy the happy memory I have of it, but it will always be in my heart.

Aliens in Shan State

Just finished a photoshop artwork "Aliens in Shan State". I've been trying out some photoshop images for artwork. I call this picture "Aliens in Shan State" which describe how Shan have to carry on with their lives and do their best despite the invasion of Burmese soldiers. - 21st September 2013


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At this moment there are now thousands of Shan refugees who have fled over the border from Burma in northern Thailand who need your help.

Please donate as much as you can – all of the money will go to needy Shan refugee children along the Thai-Burma border.  Your generosity will be greatly appreciated.


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