Our River… Our Life…

Plans by the Burmese Government, China and Thailand to dam the Salween River threaten millions of villagers and animals whose lives depend on a free flowing river for food and vital transport.


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The Memoirs of Khun Kya Bu of Hsipaw

Signatory to the Panglong Agreement.


These memoirs, originally in Burmese, took a period of two years to write. They were completed in 1978, when Khun Kya Bu was already 81 and nearing the end of his life. He died on May 31, 1980.

Keeping a Chin tradition alive by bringing it online

Twenty-eight-year-old Cing Zeel Niang was born in Chin State but left home at an early age to attend boarding school in Pyin Oo Lwin and later studied medicine in Mandalay. Her parents felt that it was in their daughter’s best interests to be educated outside her home state, as standards are lower than in other parts of the country. Chin State lacks a single university - the closest is in neighbouring Sagaing Region – and it is the most underdeveloped nationwide in terms of infrastructure. Cing Zeel Niang  - Rosy - graduated in 2012 and began working at a private hospital, but had long had plans to start a business in a completely different walk of life and one that was closer to her roots – selling Chin textiles online via Facebook.

Chin politicians interviewed on the future of their state

Salai Kyaw Moe — The following interviews are with representatives from two ethnic Chin political parties on the future of Chin state in the wake of the recent national election.    Cheery Zahau, a renowned women rights activist and previous Chin person of the year award winner, is the Chin Progressive Party (CPP) Secretary.  Salai Pi Pi and U Ngai Sak are both from the Chin League for Democracy (CLD).

Interim committee formed for Chin parties cooperation

Salai Kyaw Moe Tun — An interim committee tasked with the goal of creating cooperation among ethnic Chin parties was formed last month during a meeting of Chin political parties. According to U Salai Aung Min Hlaing from the Asho Chin National Party the committee's formation was a major breakthrough.

Election commission to reexamine allegations against Zahkung Ting Ying

Thuta Linn — A tribunal created by the Union Election Commission (UEC) will take another look at a complaint filled by a National League for Democracy (NLD) candidate against U Zahkung Ting Ying, a Kachin militia leader who banned the NLD from campaigning in his territory.

Chin League for Democracy seeks to join ethnic alliance

Salai Kyaw Moe — The Chin League for Democracy (CLD), is seeking to become a permanent member of the United Nationalities Alliance (UNA). The party submitted a request to join the election prior to the election but it still wants to join the alliance, explains the CLD’s chairman U Ngai Sak.

Chin State had highest voter turn out in the country

Salai Kyaw Moe — Of all the states and regions in Burma, Chin State had the highest voter turnout as a percentage during the November 2015 Election, according to figures released by the Chin State Election Commission.

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