SHWE GAS!!!!-MEDIA ADVISORY: New report to highlight disturbing extent to which China has advanced construction of Trans-Burma oil and gas pipeline projects despite raging conflict in the project area and associated human rights abuses



New report to highlight disturbing extent to which China has advanced construction of Trans-Burma oil and gas
pipeline projects despite raging conflict in the project area and associated human rights abuses

By the Shwe Gas Movement ( SGM)

Bangkok, Thailand – On September 6, 2011, the Shwe Gas Movement will hold a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand launching  a new report Sold Out: Launch of China pipeline project unleashes abuse across Burma. The report reveals the disturbing extent to which China has advanced construction of trans-Burma oil and gas pipeline projects despite raging conflict in the project area and associated human rights abuses.

The press conference will feature presentations from Wong Aung of the Shwe Gas Movement and Lway Aye Nang of the Palaung Women’s Organization followed by a Q&A session. Presenters will be able to answer questions about the current situation in the project-impacted areas across Burma and the Burma-China border.

For any inquiries or interviews before or after the press conference or for more information,
please feel free to contact Wong Aung using the details provided below.

Wong Aung, Coordinator of the Shwe Gas Movement (SGM)
Lway Aye Nang, Founding and Advisor Board member of the Palaung Women’s Organization

Tuesday 6th September at 10 AM- 12 PM

The Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand
The Penthouse, Mayeeya Center
518/5 Ploenchit Road
Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
See for more details

Wong Aung, email:, Phone +66(0) 857 133 344 (Burmese and English)

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War: Seven Burma Army soldiers killed in fighting with KIA at Lungja hillside


kachin armyKIA soldiers took a rest in the frontline near Laiza headquarters, eastern Kachin State.

At least seven Burma Army soldiers were killed and more than three injured during two days of heavy fighting with Kachin Independence Army (KIA) troops at Lungja Bum Kadawng (Lungja hillside) in N’Mawk (Momauk) Township in Manmaw (Bhamo) Township, in Burma’s Northern Kachin State, on August 28 and 29, local sources said.

It was biggest loss of Burmese troops in fighting with the KIA in Kachin State earlier this week, KIA officials at the Laiza headquarters in eastern Kachin State said.

The fighting happened between over 200 government troops, combined with local battalions and the Sagaing-based Light Infantry Division No. 33 and KIA troops under Battalion 15, according to KIA battalion officials.

No report on KIA casualties has been released.

The KIA officials said the heavy fighting happened when the government troops marched to the area bordering on positions held by KIA Battalions 1 and 15, under Brigade 3.

The fighting has intensified near KIA military bases in Kachin State and Northern Shan State after different ceasefire proposals from each side failed to result in an agreement during two-party talks in early August.

Villages at deep sea project prepare for relocation

August 31st, 2011

Rai Maroah, IMNA – Five villages located in the area of the new Tavoy deep sea port development project are preparing to relocate.

The affected villages are Mu-do, Paradart, Mayin-gyi, Htain-gyi, and Khing-gyi in Tennaserim Division.

“All five villages are near Nabule Village. Currently they have not moved yet, but they were already informed to relocate,” said a Tavoy resident who met with the affected villagers. The residents are not sure when they will actually have to move.

Villagers were informed about the impending relocation at the end of July by the heads of Village tract and a representative from the Max Myanmar Company, the Tavoy resident said. Moreover, identification numbers have been posted on houses, listing the number of the trees and measurements of the land.

The company has told the villagers that at the relocation site they will first be given zinc roofing material, and later will also be given wood for constructing new homes. Continue reading “Villages at deep sea project prepare for relocation”

KIA ၿခံဳခိုတိုက္ခိုက္မႈေၾကာင့္ ျမန္မာစစ္သား ၃ ဦးေသ


KIA army ေရွ႕တန္းေရာက္ေနတဲ့ KIA စစ္သားတဦး။

ၾသဂုတ္ ၃၀၊ ၂၀၁၁ အဂၤါေန႔ ညေန ၆ နာရီေက်ာ္တြင္ ဗန္းေမာ္ခ႐ိုင္၊ ေဒါ့ဖြမ္းယန္ၿမိဳ႕နယ္တြင္ ျမန္မာအစိုးရစစ္သားမ်ားအား KIA က ၿခံဳခိိုတိုက္ခိုက္ရာ ျမန္မာစစ္သား ၃ ဦး ေသဆံုးကာ၊ အခ်ိဳ႕ဒဏ္ရာရရွိၾကသည္ဟု KIA အရာရွိမ်ား အေျပာသည္။

ေသေၾကဒဏ္ရာရသူမ်ားမွာ ေဒါ့ဖြမ္းယန္အေျခစိုက္ ခလရ (၁၄၂)မွ ျမန္မာ စစ္သားမ်ားျဖစ္သည္ဟု သိရသည္။

မုန္လိုင္ခ(Munglai Hka) ေခ်ာင္း အနီး တိန္လံု (Tinglung) ေက်းရြာ အနီးတြင္ ျမန္မာအစုိးရတပ္မ်ားႏွင့္ KIA တပ္မဟာ (၅) တို႔ မိနစ္ (၂၀) ၾကာ တိုက္ခိုက္ၾကျခင္းျဖစ္သည္ဟု သိရသည္။


WAR: Burma Army friendly fire kills 3, injures 4 on Mandalay-Muse trade route

nam-um-hte-humung-lapran-gap-hkat-EngFriendly fire by the Burma Army killed 3 and injured 4 of their own troops, Tuesday, on the Mandalay-Muse Road, the largest Chinese border trade route, witnesses said.
The injured soldiers were hospitalized in Kutkai.

An exchange of fire between troops under Military Operations Command-16, based in Theinni (Hsenwi), Northern Shan State, happened between Nampaka and Nam-um at about 2 p.m., said witnesses.

The accident occurred between Burmese road security troops and reinforcements soon after brief fighting between road security troops and Kachin Independence Army (KIA) soldiers, from Battalion 9, under Brigade 4, local KIA sources said.

Fresh government troops have been deploying to the area to do road security since late last week, bringing hundreds of Chinese military trucks from Muse, the border trade town opposite the town of Ruili (Shweli), in China.

War News SSA 31.August 2011

Shan State Army (SSA) spokesman Maj Sai La says during the fight near Hinlai dam, Wanphwi tract, Kehsi township, 14-16 August, the Burma Army’s Hopang-based Infantry Battalion 143 had suffered 4 killed: Captain Thet Naing Win, Sgt Win Nyunt, Cpl Maung Myint and Pvt Kyaw Thu Oo. SHAN had earlier reported that the commissioned officer killed was Maj Tin Myo Htoo. Actually he was among the wounded. He and 11 others were hauled by an army helicopter from Kehsi earlier this week. (SHAN)


30 August 2011
A Wa foreign department official in Mongmai says he was called by Khun Tun Lu, head of the Wa Self Administered Division’s leading body, based in Hopang, on 20 August, to contact him if Panglong wanted to enter peace talks. Wa spokesman U Aung Myint aka Li Julie says nothing has been decided by the Central Committee so far, as there was no official letter coming. (RFA)

Save River Irrawaddy: Sign your name in support of saving River Irrawaddy.

The China Gezhouba Group is building a dam on the confluence of the Mali and N’Mai rivers in Kachin State, one of the world’s most important biodiversity hotspots. Once complete it will flood the rainforest with a reservoir the size of New York city and displace 10,000 people, mostly Kachin ethnics, as well as submerging cultural heritage sites central to Kachin identity, according to International Rivers. The Burma Rivers Network, an NGO which represents communities along thre river, said China’s massive huydropower investments had widened the gulf between the government — which wants to benefit from cross-border electricity sales — and Kachin independence groups, which fear the dams will bring environmental, cultural and social disruption. The environmental group has released what it says is a leaked environmental assessment jointly commissioned by the Burmese and Chinese authorities that recommends scrapping the project because it would cause immense damage to bio- diverse ecosystems as local livelihoods as well as posing great risks in the event of an earthquake.  more on