Shan Political Parties Criticize Election Approach Amid COVID-19 Pandemic as ‘Unfair’

On July 1, the Union Election Commission (UEC) announced the date of the election as November 8.   Burma’s COVID-19 control committee extended its COVID-19 guidelines on social gatherings until at least July 15. Groups of more than five people are prohibited from gathering according to these restrictions, creating difficulties regarding election planning and campaigning. […]

Tachilek Accepts Hundreds Of Migrant Workers

Chan Myae Saw, who is the general administration development officer (GAD) for Tachilek Township, told SHAN he didn’t have exact numbers but estimates more than 180 returned to Burma and that eight of them were released from a Thai prison.   Tachilek border officials began processing returnees in the early afternoon, he says.   Anyone […]

Seven Farmers In Kutkai Township Injured In Bomb Explosion

The Metta Shin Social Volunteer Team told SHAN two men and five women were hurt when the bomb exploded near Nam Kwam village around noon time this Wednesday (July 8).   Five of the farmers sustained serious injuries and were sent to Lashio Public Hospital for treatment by the CSO and Garuna Social Volunteer Team. […]

Two Men Escape Quarantine Facility In Shan State

The men recently returned from Thailand via the Mae Sot and Myawaddy border crossing. Afterwards, they were sent to Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State, where they were tested for COVID-19. When their results returned negative, the men were sent to the Loilem Township facility from which they escaped.   Sai Soe, who is a […]

Out Of Work, Many Crossing Burma/Thai Border Illegally

Sai Nom Twe, from Burmese Migrant Workers Assistance Committee based in Mae Sai, told SHAN that authorities caught almost 100 people who crossed the river from Tachilek into the northern Thai town.   No-one has faced serious penalties for crossing the border illegally, he says, explaining many were sent to quarantine facilities for twenty-one days. […]

Coal Mining Company Pressures Villagers In Southern Shan State

An abbot at Hai Seng monastery in Hai Seng village, Laikha Township, says five representatives of Hay Hurng company visited the temple on July 6 to convince religious leaders to accept the mine. When they objected, he says, they asked them to reconsider.   The abbot told SHAN they stand firmly against a coal mine […]

Locals Catch Police With Drugs in Taunggyi

The incident occurred on July 7 while the locals were patrolling their community as part of an anti-drug campaign.   “We investigate all people who enter our ward. We seized nine yaba tablets from two police officers,” Than Aung, the Shwe Taung ward headman, told SHAN. “One police officer was wearing civilian clothes and the […]