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    • "Rhododendron News" ("Rhododendron" or "Rhododendron publication") -- magazine of the Chin Human Rights Organization.

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      Title: "Rhododendron News" (published by the Chin Human Rights Organisation)
      Description/subject: Archive from 1998 on the CHRO website.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organisation
      Format/size: html
      Alternate URLs: http://www.chro.ca
      Date of entry/update: 24 November 2010


      Individual Documents

      Title: Rhododendron News" Volume XVI, Issue V, September-October. 2013
      Date of publication: October 2013
      Description/subject: TABLE OF CONTENTS: Arbitrary Taxation & Extortion: • ALP accused of extorting money from villagers in Paletwa • Locals ordered to repay poverty alleviation loan without prior notice... Forced Labour & Freedom of Religion: • School teachers forced to attend meeting in Hakha • Chin Christian govt staff ordered to prepare food for Buddhist offerings • Govt urged to address discrimination against Christians in Chin State • Christians disappointed over Sunday meetings with Chief Minister... Other Human Rights Violations: • 'Banned' alcohol secretly sold by police in Thantlang • Chin Christian headmistress sacked for no given reasons • Bootlegged alcohol seized from soldiers in Lungler • Na Ta La school teacher sued over bootlegging • Chin pastor injured in Rakhine attack • School teachers threatened with salary deduction in Hakha: Humanitarian & Development Situation: • Chin parties to meet with State govt over Gullu nickel projects • Landslides forced two villages to move, school to close in Falam • Survey finds communities distrustful of Chinese mining companies • Power outages hit Hakha, Thantlang in Chin State • Hundreds of landslides recorded in Chin State • Concerns grow over increase of Chin 'illegal drug' users • State govt slow in response to food shortages in Chin State... Event & Protest: • Chin activist among 30 most inspiring world young leaders • Asho Chins held human rights training in Rangoon • Chin rights activist receives NGO Leadership and Excellence Awards • Chin female pastor won prize for women's creativity • Chin communities celebrate harvest festival • Over 500 Chin refugees demonstrated in Delhi... Situation of Refugees: • Dozens of Chin refugees arrested in Malaysia • About 200 Chins stiil detained in Malaysia • Chin refugee mother beaten, family robbed in Delhi • Two-year-old Chin girl sexually assaulted by local teenage boy in Delhi • Scores of Chins arrested in Malaysia • Sick Chin refugee woman beaten up in New Delhi • 5-yr-old Chin girl hit by motorbike in Delhi... Chin State Government & Chin National Front: • Govt funds Na Ta La students while neglecting public schools • Chin State hluttaw passed 12 draft laws • CNF provides computers for high school students • CNF to hold public consultation in Rangoon • CNF provides rice for villages hit by food shortages... Poem: • Silent Distress of A Refugee's Life
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization
      Format/size: pdf (3MB)
      Date of entry/update: 21 January 2014


      Title: Rhododendron News" Volume XVI, Issue IV, July-August 2013
      Date of publication: August 2013
      Description/subject: TABLE OF CONTENTS: Arbitrary Taxation & Extortion: • Admin officer forcibly collected money from village admin heads • Govt officials collect extra money from travelers in Indo-Burma border • Travellers and locals affected by collection of excessive toll fees... Freedom of Religion: • Matupi churches ask permission to erect Christian cross • Religious freedom still restricted in Burma: USCIRF... Other Human Rights Violations: • Plots of land grabbed by authorities despite local objection • Demand to protect orchids ignored by authorities • Authorities allow forest destruction, ignore local communities • Govt officers suspected of siphoning off school budgets • Govt official accused of ‘milking’ anti-poverty project budget • High school students forced to go to class at weekends... Humanitarian Situation: • Heavy rains destroyed water storage, road in Matupi • Heavy rains, landslides hamper travelers in Hakha • Chin volunteer doctors treated mothers and children • UN rights envoy awestruck by levels of poverty in Chin State • Flash floods destroyed 3 bridges, 1 building in Tedim township • Two killed by mudslide in Hakha township • Over 80 families asked to evacuate in Falam township after landslides... Development Situation: • New tourist sites to be developed in Chin State • University students demand respect for human rights in development projects • Chin parties to visit Gullu nickel project in Tedim township... Event & Protest: • Human Rights Rapporteur to visit Chin State for the first time • Demonstrations against Burma-China nickel project in Chin State • Public event to condemn OP alcohol in Hakha... Situation of Refugees: • UNHCR to register asylum seekers from Burma in Malaysia • Chin refugee mother traumatized after attempted rape in Delhi... Chin State Government: • Govt to open tax-free markets in Chin State... Press Release: • Ethnic Chin in historic hearing at the European Parliament
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization
      Format/size: pdf (2.6MB)
      Date of entry/update: 21 January 2014


      Title: Rhododendron News" Volume XVI, Issue I, January-February 2013
      Date of publication: February 2013
      Description/subject: Arbitrary Taxation & Extortion Page 3-5: • Exam fees forcibly collected from middle school students • Families unfairly charged for remittance fees of govt loan • Govt employees extorted money from civilians in Chin State • Govt dept forcibly collected money from land-owners • Govt Admin Officer exploited loans from villagers • Army Captain extorted money from local trader... Forced Labour Page 6: • Soldiers forced Chin villager to carry military ration • Army soldiers forced two villagers to buy bikes from India... Freedom of Religion Page 7-9: • Current reforms have not extended to freedom of religion in Burma: MEPs • Thein Sein met Chin officials, leaders on Sunday • Chin delegation raised issue of religious freedom with Speaker of Burmese Parlia- ment Other Human Rights Violations Page 10-12: • Ferryboat banned, shop blinds removed in Paletwa by soldiers • Soldiers attempted rape, threatened villagers in Chin State • ‘Unfair’ appointment of new village administrators • Disappointment as exams fall on Chin National Day... Humanitarian & Development Situation Page 13-14: • Low water levels of Kaladan affect Paletwa in Chin State • 'Stranded' Chins in Kachin conflict in need of urgent help • Concerns over India's aid for development in Chin State... Event & Accident Page 15-18: • Chins to join Kachin protests against Burma Army attacks • Public protest to demand electricity supply in Hakha • CND exhibition opened despite anti-alcohol appeal • 'Chin National Day has returned to Chinland'... Situation of Refugees Page 19-22: • Chin Refugees robbed, attacked in Malaysia • 10-year-old Chin refugee missing in Malaysia • 'Enslaved' Chin refugee girls rescued, one still missing in Delhi • Chin refugees face 'unfair' rent rises, couple locked out in Delhi... Chin State Government Page 23-24: • Govt claimed Hakha received electricity at full capacity • Govt attempt to respond to food shortages in Chin State • Soldiers accused of trading 'illegal' hardwoods from Paletwa... Press Release Page 25: • CSW and CHRO welcome MEPs’ letter to EU foreign policy chief on human rights violations in Burma... Cartoon Page 26: • Cartoon by Harnlay & Kocik
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organisation (CHRO)
      Format/size: pdf (1.3MB)
      Date of entry/update: 06 June 2013


      Title: Rhodedendron News Volume XV, Issue VI, November-December 2012
      Date of publication: December 2012
      Description/subject: Human Rights Violation Page 03-04: • Doctor Accused of 'Ignoring' Pregnant Mother to Death in Matupi • Middle School Children Abused by Teachers in Chin State Freedom of Religion Page 05 • Chin Christian Leaders to Raise Religious Issues... Humanitarian & Development Situation Page 06-10: • Kaladan Project Resumed in Chin State • Burma Makes U-turn on Lemro Electricity Deals • Food Shortages Feared in Chin State • Univ. Students Call for Opium Poppy Eradication in Chin State • More Families Face Food Scarcity in Chin State... Situation of Refugees Page 11-12: • 'Missing' Chin Refugees Feared Dead in Malaysia • Chin Refugee Jumped to Death from Condo in Malaysia • Chin Refugees Attacked, Extorted in Malaysia • Two Refugee Bodies Remain 'Unclaimed' in Malaysia Hospital... Chin Government & Chin National Front Page 13-20: • Govt Ministers Stumped by Questions about Electricity Supply in Chin State • Chin State Govt Fails to Uproot Opium Poppy Plantation • CNF-Govt Peace Talks Extended for One Day in Rangoon • CNF to Share Rangoon Peace Agreements with Chin Public • Teacher Absence Affects Haimual Primary School • Unofficial Translation of CNF-Govt Agreements at Union-Level Peace Talks... Cartoon Page 21: • Cartoons by Kocik
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organisation (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 06 June 2013


      Title: "Rhodedendron News" Volume XV, Issue V, September-October 2012
      Date of publication: October 2012
      Description/subject: Arbitrary Taxation & Extortion Page 03-04: • Locals Forced to Buy Tickets for Chin State Day Celebration • Money Forcibly Collected for Golf Field Construction • Illegal Timber Tax Collected from Locals • Army Soldiers Killed Local Animal for Ration... Forced Labour Page 05: • Students Forced to Contribute Labour • Locals Forced to Work on Matupi-Paletwa Road Construction... Freedom of Religion Page 06-13: • Abolish Burma's Ministry of Religious Affairs: CHRO • Chin Activists Lobby British Govt on Religious Freedom in Burma • End 'Forced Assimilation' in Burma: CHRO • Reconstruction of 'Banned' Christian Building Attempted in Chin State • Govt. to Open New Na Ta La School in Paletwa... Other Human Rights Violation Page 14-16: • Chin Student Killed in Search of Firewood for Monastery Donation • Complaints against Burmese Midwife over Medical Charges in Chin State • 73 Chins to be Repatriated by Mizoram Govt... Event Page 17-18: • Chin Communities Maintain Traditional Celebrations • Chin Women Organization Formed to Promote Rights Humanitarian Situation Page 19: • Chin Woman Died, 12 Houses Destroyed by Storm... Situation of Refugees Page 19-21: • Blood Donation Made for Chin Refugees in New Delhi • Refugee Children from Burma Provided Recreational Lessons in Delhi • 40 Chin Refugees Rescued from Abandoned Warehouse in Malaysia... Opinion Page 21-23: • Burma's Ethnic Conflict and the Way Forward for Democracy Interview Page 23-24: • Christian Leaders Summoned in Rangoon
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organisation (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 06 June 2013


      Title: "Rhodedendron News" Volume XV, Issue IV, July-August 2012
      Date of publication: August 2012
      Description/subject: Arbitrary Taxation & Extortion Page 2-3: * Headmaster Forcibly Collected Money for Free School Supplies Money Collected from Locals for Tarred Road Construction * Authority Continues Forcible Collection of Money from Chins... Other Human Rights Violations Page 4-8: * Govt. Department Prohibits House Construction in Town Area * Chin Shopkeeper Beaten up by Soldier in Tedim * Chin Man Found Dead in CYMA's Office in Aizawl Soldiers Attack Left one Dead in Chin State * Chin Pastor Detained after Police Seized Illegal Drugs from House Guests * Suspect in Killing of Chin Woman Identified but Still at Large in Burma * Soldier Raped Chin Woman in Kyauktaw... Humanitarian Situation Page 9-8: Chin State's Paletwa Villagers Face Food Shortages * Chin State Hit by Earthquake, No Casualties Reported... Situation of Refugees Page 10-12... * UNHCR to Discontinue Refugee 'Bio -Data Collection' in Malaysia * Refugee Teens from Burma Arrested for Theft in India * Kidnapped Chin Refugee Safely Home after Three Days * Detained Chin Refugees Face Immigration Charges... Chin State Government Page 12-13 * Skepticism over Govt's Promise to Boost Electric Supply in Chin State * Chin state government issues license to sell alcohol... Timeline of Christian Cross Destruction in Kanpetlet Township Page 14-15: * Timeline of Christian Cross Destruction in Kyindwe, Kanpetlet Township... Opinion Page 12-13: * Ensuring Govt. Transparency through Institutional Checks and Balances... Poem & Cartoon Page 20: * Voice of A Barren Land (Chinland) * Cartoons by Kocik
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organisation (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 06 June 2013


      Title: "Rhodedendron News" Volume XV, Issue III, May-June 2012
      Date of publication: June 2012
      Description/subject: Arbitrary Taxation & Extortion Page 03-04: • Locals Forced to Contribute Money for Drinking Water • Soldiers Forcibly Collected Money for Bikes from India • Soldiers Forcibly Collected Money from Local Trader • Money Forcibly Collected for Rope Bridge Construction... Forced Labour Page 05: • Village Admin Issued Order to Construct Toilet... Freedom of Religion Page 05-06: Christian Meeting Agreed to Demand Re-Construction of Crosses • Buddhist Youths Attacked Chin Christians in Chin State... Other Human Rights Violations Page 07-09: • Over 160 Families in Trouble after Forced Relocation in Kalaymyo • Chin Locals Interrogated for Lemro Dam Project • Rescued Chin Maid Admitted to Mental Hospital in Rangoon... Event & Protest Page 09-10: • Demonstration Planned to Protest ZNC Registration Refusal • Former Chin Political Prisoner Named among Hero Award Recipients... Humanitarian Situation Page 10-11: • Storm-Hit Villagers Still Struggling in Chin State • Water Shortages Worsen in Falam due to Military Constructions... Situation of Refugees Page 12-14: • English Nursery School Opened at Nupo Refugee Camp • Fraud Allegations Prompt UN Investigation of Chin Refugee Groups • Chin Refugee Family Made Homeless due to Overdue Payments in Delhi • Chin Refugee Woman Hit to Death by Car in Malaysia... Chin State Government & Chin National Front Page 15 -20: • CNF Delegation Arrives in Chin State for 2nd Round of Peace Talks • New CNF-Govt Agreement Defines Terms of Peace Process • Text of CNF-Govt Agreement (Unofficial Translation by CG)... Statement Page 20-22: • Family's Statement in Commemoration of Student Leader Salai Tin Maung Oo... Poem & Cartoon Page 22-23: • I Want to Go Home • Cartoon by Kocik & Vapual
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organisation (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 06 June 2013


      Title: "Rhodedendron News" Volume XV, Issue II, March-April 2012
      Date of publication: April 2012
      Description/subject: Arbitrary Taxation & Extortion Page 03-07: • Soldiers Confiscated Land Owned by Chin Locals • Money Forcibly Collected from School Students • Chins forced to Contribute Money for Road Construction • Money Forcibly Collected from Villagers for Library Construction • Local Travellers Charged 200 Kyats for Guest Registration • Chins Forced to Contribute Money for Hakha Water Festival • Army Soldiers Confiscated over 960 Acres of Farmland • Over 260 Households Forced to Contribute for Indo-Burma High Road Construction • Locals Faced Difficulty due to 'Forced' Cemetery Relocation... Forced Labour Page 07: • Locals Forced to Contribute Labour for School Construction • Villagers Forced to Plant Jatropha in Matupi Township... Freedom of Religion Page 08-11: • Questions over Govt's Plan to Construct New Buddhist Pagoda in Chin State • Soldiers Interrupted Christian Conference, Threatened MP in Chin State • Christian Cross Destroyed by USDP Members in Tedim Township • Chin Family Evicted from Village for Conversion to Christianity... Other Human Rights Violations Page 12-13: • 40 Houses Demolished for Indo-Burma Road Construction • Corrupt HA Abuses Chin Villagers in Paletwa Township • Army Soldiers Accused of Bootlegging in Matupi... Humanitarian Situation Page 13-14: • Fire Destroyed 18,00 Tins of Rice in Matupi Township • Lemro Dam Project Not to Benefit Chin Locals in Paletwa Township • Over 140 Houses Destroyed by Tropical Storms in Chin State... Situation of Refugees Page 15-18: • Delhi Chin Refugee Couple Gang-Assaulted by Landlord • Chin Refugee Community Members Attacked in Malaysia • 55 Chin Refugees in Custody, 1 Missing in Malaysia • Chin Refugee Beaten to Death in Malaysia • Refugees Seek Support for Children's Education in Camp • Refugee Parents Died of Car Accident, Son in Critical Condition in Malaysia... Chin State Government Page 18-20: • State Govt Stopped Civic Education Training in Hakha • Govt to Hold 'Thingyan' amid Water Shortages in Hakha • Govt Unveiled Roads Constructed by Locals on Sunday in Chin State • Govt's Decision to Build Pagoda in Hakha 'Invalid': CNP... Opinion Page 21: • Suu Kyi Should Visit Displaced Persons as Part of Her First Foreign Trip... Poem & Cartoon Page 22 • Chin Peace Deal: A Trap or A Clap • Cartoon by Vapual & Kocik
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organisation (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 06 June 2013


      Title: "Rhodedendron News" Volume XV, Issue I, January-February 2012
      Date of publication: February 2012
      Description/subject: Arbitrary Taxation & Extortion Page 3-4: • School Textbooks Forcibly Sold to Students • Families in Hakha Demanded Money for 'Chin State Day' Celebration • Land Forcibly Seized from Local for Dam Construction... Other Human Rights Violations Page 05-07: • Lungler Buddhist Monk Abbot Accused of Bootlegging • Two Chin Activists Confirmed Released • Govt. Medical Staff Ignored Patients after Argument • College Lecturer Accused of Using Racial Slur against Chin Students... Humanitarian Situation Page 08-11: • More Humanitarian Aid Likely to Flow into Chin State • Chin Extends Donation to Help Kachin Refugees • Food Shortages to Worsen in Southern Chin State: UN • 10 School Toilets Built, Clothes Donated to Children in Falam... Event & Accident Page 12-13: • 2 Killed, 9 Injured in Car Accident in Chin State • Singers from Burma to Celebrate Chin National Day in Malaysia • CNF to Launch Chin-Govt Preliminary 'Peace-talk' DVD... Situation of Refugees Page 14-16: • Chin Refugees Detained for Theft & Rape in Malaysia • Delhi Chin Refugees Face Violent Assaults by Local Indians • Malaysian Govt to Conduct Major Crackdown on Undocumented Workers • Chin Learning Center Won First Prize for Neighbourhood Cleaning Competition in Malaysia... Chin State Government & Chin National Front Page 16 -18: • First Day of Peace Talks: Agreeing to Disagree • Breakthrough: CNF Signed Ceasefire Deal with Govt. • Text of the Unofficial Translation of CNF Ceasefire Agreement... Opinion Page 19: • Union Day or Dominion Day? Revisiting the Spirit of Panglong... Poem Page 20: • I Miss You, Mom... Poem & Cartoon Page 20 • Cartoon by Kocik
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organisation (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 06 June 2013


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume XIV, Issue VI, November-December 2011
      Date of publication: December 2011
      Description/subject: Arbitrary Taxation & Extortion: • Villagers Forced to Buy Calendars of 64th Chin State Day • Money Collected from Students for Football Matches • Soldiers Forcibly Seized Medicines and Cosmetic Products • Army Soldiers Detained Chin Trader for 600,000 Kyats • Money Forcibly Collected for Various Govt Funds • Burmese Soldiers Forfeited Local 8 Buffaloes... Forced Labour: • Forced Labour, Extortion Persist in Chin State • Chin Villagers Forced as Porters by Army Soldiers • Six Villages Forced to Grow Three Acres of Jatropha • Coercion Continues under New Govt in Chin State... Freedom of Religion: • Burma Still Violates Religious Freedom under New Govt: CSW... Other Human Rights Violations: • Army Officer Forced Village Heads to Attend Meeting • Local School Principal Accused of Corruption... Humanitarian Situation: • Govt Likely to End Poppy Cultivation in Chin State • Disease Outbreak Sickens Over 80 Villagers, 47 Seriously... Situation of Refugees: • Registration for Refugees in Malaysia Officially Announced • Scotland's Photo Exhibition Reveals Struggle of Chin Refugees in Delhi • Alarm over Chin Refugees' Involvement in Violent Assaults • Chin Refugees Arrested in Malaysian Crackdowns... Chin State Government: • CNF to Meet with Chin State Govt in January in Capital Hakha • Conference Endorsed Peace Talks between CNF and Chin State Govt... Opinion: • Burma Must Repeal Repressive, Outdated and Unconstitutional Colonial Era Laws • Without Diversity, There Can Be No Unity... Poem: • A Poem of Amicable Contradiction... Poem & Cartoon • Cartoon by Vapual, and Kocik
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: pdf (1.3MB)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.chro.ca/images/stories/files/PDF/Rhododendron/Rhododendron_November_December_2011.pdf
      Date of entry/update: 18 January 2012


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume XIV, Issue V, September-October 2011
      Date of publication: November 2011
      Description/subject: ARBITRARY TAXATION & EXTORTION: Extortion, Forced Labor Wears Down Chin Villagers * Money Collected from Households for Construction of * Money Collected from Students for Township Funds in Falam * Army Extorted Money and Goods from Villagers * Soldiers Forcibly Extorted Money from Cattle Traders * Army Extort Money from Bull Traders Again * Soldiers Extorted Money and Seized Goods from Local Trader... FORCED LABOUR: * Burmese Authority Forced to Floor Sand * Army Soldiers Interrogated and Forced Villagers to Sign * Students Forced to Attend Classes on Saturday due to Buddhist Sabbath Day * Township Officers Ordered Village Heads to Collect ‘Guest Fees’ * Burmese Army from Light Infantry Battalion No. 274 Forced Porter to Villagers * Locals Forced to Mend Roads ahead of Transport Minister’s Visit... FREEDOM OF RELIGION: * Chin Christian Pastor Ordered to Leave Town in Magway Division * Chin Preacher from USA Ordered to Leave Town in Thantlang * Two Christian Crosses Demolished, Burnt Down in Chin State... OTHER HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS: * Infantry Battalion 304 Recruited Child Soldiers * Authority Forcibly Held Election for Village Head * Burmese Soldiers killed Domestic Animals in Chin State at Will * New Government Brings More Burdens to Traders in Tahan * Burma Army Soldiers Killed Pig for Their Rations... FOOD CRISIS & HUMANITARIAN SITUATION: * People Face Difficulties as Heavy Rain Damaged Roads * Appeal for Flood-hit Villagers as Recovery Works Progress in Chin State * Alarm as Opium Consumption Increases in Chin State * Victims of Landslides Still Left Homeless in Chin State * Chin Food Crisis: A Helping Hand from Afar... SITUATION OF REFUGEES: * Malay-Aussie Refugee Swap Deal Made Invalid * Cheated Immigrants Urged to Bring Cases to Malaysian Tribunal * Chin Refugee Father of Three Killed in Malaysia * Chin Refugees Extorted, Beaten up by Thugs in Malaysia * 21-yr-old Chin Refugee Stabbed to Death in Malaysia * Malaysia-Burma Detainee Swap Plan Sparks Outrage * Possible Deportation and Crackdown Worries Chin Asylum Seekers... CHIN STATE GOVERNMENT: * Regular Session of Second Chin State Hluttaw to be Held Soon * Forced Labour Continues under New Government in Chin State * Chin Government Met with Humanitarian Leaders amid Rights Violations * Chief Minister: Poverty Rate in Chin State to Reduce by Half * India-Burma Deal to Allow Travel without Passport... CARTOON: Cartoon by Vapual and Kocik
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: pdf (1.9MB), html
      Alternate URLs: http://www.chro.ca/publications/rhododendron/78-rhododendron-2011/402-rhododendron-news-volume-xiv-...
      Date of entry/update: 10 January 2012


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume XIV, Issue IV, July-August 2011
      Date of publication: August 2011
      Description/subject: Arbitrary Taxation & Extortion Page 3-7 * Army Soldiers Forcibly Collected Rice from Villages * Cattle Trader Extorted Money by Army Soldiers * Police Force Seized Cattle, Extorted Money from Trader * Villagers Forcibly Collected Money for School Signboards * Police Sequestrated Motorbike, Threatened Owner in Falam Township * Police Forcibly Demanded Chicken from Villagers * Primary School Students Forced to Buy Notebooks * Money Forcibly Collected from Students for School Furniture Repair * Chin Villagers Forced to Contribute for Office Signboards and Seals * Villager Arbitrarily Arrested, Demanded Money by Drunk Police * Municipal Dept Collected Excessive Amount of Taxes from Locals.... Forced Labour: * Women in Hakha Forced to Attend Myanmar Women's Day on Sunday * Villagers Forced to Carry Rice Bags for Military Rations * Soldiers Forced Villagers to Carry Military Rations * Locals Forced to Carry School Notebooks * LIB 266 Soldiers Used High School Students as Porters * Soldiers .Forced Locals including Women to Carry Military Rations. Freedom of Religion: * Chin Christians Banned to Rent and Construct Buildings Other Human Rights Violations Page 10-13 * Local Villager Unfairly Punched by VPDC Chairman * Army Captain Beat up Chin Local on False Accusation * Soldiers Set Fire to 900 Acres of Land out of Frustration * University Student Detained in Kalay * Seven Arrested after being Accused of Supporting Insurgent Group * Workers Cheated out of Wages by Govt. Engineer.... Food Crisis & Humanitarian Situation: * Chin State Named Poorest in Burma * Opium Users on the Increase in Chin State * Dozens of Children Infected with Diarrhoea and Sore Eyes in Chin State * Houses Flooded, Villagers Left Homeless in Kalaymyo * Heavy Rains Destroyed Bridges and Houses in Tedim Township * Appeal for Assistance Launched as Flood Hits Parts of Chin State.... Event and Protest: * ZTC Observed Martyrs' Day in Falam * Chins Joined Burma's 8888 Protests in London * World's Indigenous Peoples Day Observed in Aizawl Situation of Refugees Page 19-21 * Refugee Family Robbed In Delhi * Chin Student Girl among 15 Refugees Arrested in Malaysia * 4-year-old Chin Refugee Girl Abducted in New Delhi * Major Crackdown on 'undocumented' Workers Expected in Malaysia * 6P Confusion Embraces Refugee Communities in Malaysia Chin State Government Page 22-24 * Electricity Projects Surveyed in Chin State * Chin State Government to Hold Meeting with NGOs * Chin State Government to Take Control of India's Donation.... Opinion: * Thinking about My Identity: Reflections of a Young Chin Woman * The Legacies of Ne Win: Our Common Enemy... Poem & Cartoon: * Poem: Mr. President's Lies or Baits * Cartoon by Vapual, Salai Takawh and Kocik
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: pdf (1.5MB), html
      Alternate URLs: http://www.chro.ca/publications/rhododendron/78-rhododendron-2011/401-rhododendron-news-volume-xiv-...
      Date of entry/update: 18 September 2011


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume XIV, Issue III, May-June 2011
      Date of publication: June 2011
      Description/subject: TABLE OF CONTENTS:- Arbitrary Taxation & Extortion: * Soldiers Demanded Money for Alcohol License * Soldiers Demanded Money for Crossing Bridge * Soldiers Forcibly Demanded Money from Local Trader * Hakha Traffic Controllers Provided Extra Motorbikes * Land Confiscated, Locals Forced to Pay for Summer Rice Cultivation * Students Forcibly Demanded Money for Teacher Training * Soldiers Extorted 23 Lakhs and 10 Cattle from Traders * School Fund Milked by Falam Township Admin Officer * Cattle Trader Forced to Pay Money by Police Officers... Freedom of Religion: * Complained by Monk, Pastor Interrogated over Christian Mission Work * Photos of Chin Buddhist Children and Buddhist Institutions in Tedim * Records Revealed Forcible Contributions for Buddhist Monastery Construction... Other Human Rights Violations: * Burmese Police Detains Theological Student in Kalay * Police Officer Threatened Locals with Axe and Knife * 'Corrupt' Township Medical Officer to be Transferred * Soldiers Accused of Dispensing Expired Medicines... Food Crisis and Humanitarian Situation in Chinland: * Chin Youths 'Ignorant of HIV/AIDS' * Massive Shortage of Teachers Puts Education, Communities in Jeopardy * Food Shortage Likely to Worsen As More Farmlands Destroyed... Event and Protest: * Rights Groups Slammed Burma at UN Forum * Famous Chin Female Singers to Entertain Fans in Australia * Memoir of Chin Freedom Fighter to Be Launched in Malaysia... Situation of Refugees: * Chin Community Network Formed in Delhi * Chin Refugee Children Fall Prey to Drug Dealing * Malay-Aussie Refugee Deal to Go Despite Protest by Rights Groups * Five Chin Refugees Injured in Road Accident in Delhi * Chin Eviction Case Reaches India’s National Human Rights Commission * Thousands of Chin Refugees Marched on World Refugee Day in Delhi * Full Crackdown to Follow Short Period of Amnesty in Malaysia... Chin State Government: * ILO Met Local Authorities in Chin State * First Emergency Session of Chin State Assembly Summoned... Opinion: * Civil War Will Continue in Burma... Poem & Cartoon: * Waiting For You All The Time * Cartoons by Vapual, Kocik & Cung Luai Hnin
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: pdf (1.1MB)
      Date of entry/update: 21 July 2011


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume XIV, Issue II, March-April 2011
      Date of publication: April 2011
      Description/subject: Arbitrary Taxation & Extortion: Locals Forcibly Demanded Money by Fire Brigade Department; Soldiers Killed Domestic Animals, Forced Locals to Serve as Porters in Paletwa; Burma Army Soldier Abducted Local Girl to Become Wife; Locals Demanded Money for Hakha-Hmandaw Road Opening Ceremony; Chin Villagers Forcibly Demanded Domestic Animals for Military Rations; Locals Forced to Provide Chickens for Soldiers; Burmese Soldiers Extorted 22 Lakhs from Cattle Trader; Soldiers Forcibly Demanded Money from Local Grocery Trader; Soldiers Demanded Money for Alcohol License... Forced Labor: Locals Forced to Work on Road Construction in Matupi Township; Photos of Forced Labour in southern Chin State; Civilians Forced to Take Militia Training in Chin State; Burma Army Forced Villagers to Porter in Chin State; Villages Forced to Work as Night Sentry Guards; Local Forced to Participate in Golf Road Construction; Three Locals Ordered Daily to be on Standby for Portering... Freedom of Religion: Chins Denied Language, Religious Rights, Says UN Rights Expert... Other Abuses: Chin Youths Investigated Following Panglong-Related Stickers Distribution; Alcohol Licensing Fuels Abuse Among Chin Students; Two Chin Girls Hunted Down in Connection with Burma Army Deserters; Burmese Soldiers Sell Alcohol Despite Ban; Chin State Chief Minister Remains on EU Travel Sanctions List; Chin State Minister Implicated in Past Rights Abuse... Food Crisis and Humanitarian Situation in Chinland: Photos of Mautam Food Crisis in southern Parts of Chin State; Food Crisis in Chin State Likely to Worsen, Says OCHA; Water Shortage Looms Over Chin State... Situation of Refugees: Development Displaced 40 Refugee Families in Malaysia; Eviction Left 15 Refugee Families Homeless in Delhi; More than 20 Chin Refugees Arrested by Malaysian Immigration; More than 50 Refugees Arrested on Thai-Malaysian Border; Chin Refugee Stabbed to Death in Malaysia; 23 Families Faced Eviction, 45 Children's Education Affected in Mizoram, India; Chin Refugees in Thailand Fear Forced Deportation; Arrested Refugees Demanded Money for Release in Malays.ia... Interview and Opinion: No Sign of Change in Burma: Interview with Ben Rogers; Changing the Status Quo in Burma... Poem & Cartoon: Poem: A Refugee’s Life; Cartoons by Vapual, Kocik & Cung Luai Hnin
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: pdf (1.4MB)
      Date of entry/update: 13 May 2011


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume XIV, Issue I, January-February 2011
      Date of publication: February 2011
      Description/subject: Arbitrary Taxation & Extortion: Students Ordered to Buy Calendar and Pay General Fees; Money Extorted as Taxes for Cattle from Local Traders; Police Extorted Money from Local Cattle Traders; Money Forcibly Demanded for Fire Precaution and Electric Meter Box; Authorities Extorted Money from Local Traders... Forced Labor: Chin People Subjected to "Crimes against Humanity" by Burma Army; Locals Forced to Search for Two Soldier Deserters; Villagers Forced to Pay Staggering Amount to Avoid Relocation; Villagers Forced to Contribute Thatch and Bamboo for Military Camp Renovation... Freedom of Religion: Church Ordered to Stop Construction, Worship Service and School by Authorities; Christian Religious Building Ordered to Stop Construction... Other Human Rights Violations: Children Conscripted by Burma Army; Govt. Employees in Trouble Following Order by Chin State Chief Minister; USDP Forced Members to Give Names... Food Crisis and Humanitarian Situation in Chinland: Food Crisis Tops Chin Party’s Immediate Agenda; NLD's Contributions to Chin Food Crisis Welcomed Amid Blockade by Authorities; Government Ignored Food Crisis in Thantlang Township... Event and Protests: University Students Protest Against Rising Bus Fares in Kalay; Chin Photo Exhibition on Display at Thai University; Celebration of 'Chin National Day' Banned in Chin State... Situation of Refugees: Chin Refugees in Nu Po Camp Fear Attacks from Burma Army; Refugees Face Daylight Extortions by Police in Malaysia; Chin Refugees Get Surprise Visit from UN Rights Expert... Chin National Day: Leaders of Chin National Day Celebration Detained in Tedim; Frustration against Forced Celebration of 'Chin State Day'... Democracy and Equality: the True Spirit of Chin National Day... Poem & Cartoon: The Day That Makes Chin Proud; Cartoons by Vapual and Kocik;
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: pdf (1.8MB)
      Date of entry/update: 17 March 2011


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Vol. XIII. No. VI, November-December 2010
      Date of publication: December 2010
      Description/subject: Table of Contents: * Government Servants Refuse to Cast Advance Ballot * Electoral Violence and Intimidation in Tedim Township, Chin State * USDP Leading in Tedim Township Amidst Accusations of Intimidation and Fraud * Fraud Propels USDP to Victory in Tamu Township, Sagaing Division * Civil Servants to be Probed for Voting against USDP * Junta Faces Threat Claims: Bangkok Post Forced Labor and Arbitrary Measures * Burma Army Arbitrarily Detained 22 Cattle from Local Trader * Govt Employees Forced to Contribute Money and Labor Authorities Collected Money and Threatened Govt Employees for Tea Plantations Freedom of Religion Pastors Ordered To Stop Church Construction * Burmese Officials Order Closure of Chin Church Humanitarian and Food Crisis in Chinland * Ongoing Food Crisis Puts Southern Chin State on Brink of Starvation * WFP: Food Security Situation in Chin State Remains Critical * Poverty and Human Rights Violations Continue In Chin State Situations of Refugees * Malaysia to Decide on Work Permits for Refugees Soon * RELA Raids Refugee Neighborhood, Arrests Dozens * Rights Situations Worsen in Malaysia, Thailand * Scores of Burmese Nationals Murdered in Malaysia in 2010 Events * Chin Activist Received St. Stephen's Prize In Norway * Thai University Hosts Chin Photo Exhibition * Bridging the Gap: Chin Christian Leaders Converged in Malaysia * Tragedy in Chin State: Dead Toll Rises as More Victims Succumb to Injuries Facts and Arguments * The Way Forward: Will Suu Kyi’s Release Open up Democratic Space? * Rebuilding A Peaceful Chinland: Hope of A Chin Exile
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: pdf (232K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 January 2011


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Vol. XIII. No.V, September-October 2010
      Date of publication: October 2010
      Description/subject: Table of Contents:- Elections 2010: * Locals Forced To Join USDP * Bridge Tolls Collected To Fund USDP * Locals Forced to Sign for USDP * USDP in Attempt to Win More Votes by Making Deals with CPP * Burma’s 2010 Elections Unlikely to be Free and Fair * USDP Campaigned With Apparent Privileges * Polling Station Staffs Forced to Attend Meeting for Second Time * Salary Unpaid to School Teachers Not Attending Election Meeting * ZNC Boycotts 2010 Election * Families Forced To Move Out In Election Preparations * Security beefed up ahead of Nov 7 Polls Arbitrary Measures * Money Collected to Pay Debts to Government * Money Demanded from Locals for Hospital Equipment * Teachers Faced Salary Cut for Unsubscribed Newspapers * Local Car Commandeered by Departmental Authorities Forced Labors, Portering and Contribution * Locals Suffered from Forced Labour, Portering and Contribution * Locals Faced Forced-Portering as Voters’ List Collected * Students Forced to Contribute for General Fees Freedom of Religion * Protest Against Cross Destruction In Chin State * Christian Pastor Beaten Up In Arakan's Minpya Township Child Soldier Conscription * Children Conscripted by Burma Army Humanitarian and Food Crisis in Chinland * CAD: Rat Infestation Still Hits Chin Villages * Hundreds of Chin Families Among Cyclone Giri-hit Victims * Villages Severely Affected by Floods in Chin State * One Dies, Hundreds Homeless as Heavy Rains Hit Chin State Situations of Refugees * Refugee Boy Reunites With Family After Two-Year Detention * Gangs Attacked Refugees in Foiled Robbery Attempts in Malaysia
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: pdf (182K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 January 2011


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Vol. XIII. No. IV July-August 2010
      Date of publication: August 2010
      Description/subject: Table of Contents: Elections 2010 * Forcible Training Called in Preparation for 2010 Elections * USPD Wooed Voters by Promising Road Improvement * Tedim Locals Forced to Attend Election Training * USDP Collects Money from Members in Hakha Township * Prisoners to be Released Ahead of Elections Arbitrary Measures * Arbitrary Measures * Burma Army Sweeps Through Arakan and Chin Villages * Burma Army Extorted Money from Local Traders * Soldiers Extorted Increasing Amount of Money from Local Traders * Authorities Collected Tax for Keeping Dogs * Police Officers Extorted 20 Cattle and 6 IDs from Local Traders * Unreasonably High Taxes Collected from Local Traders * Cattle Extorted as Local Traders Accused of Passing Information to Foreign Media Forced Labors and Portering * Locals Forced to Contribute Wood Planks for Military Barrack Construction * Families Forced to Give Voluntary Services to Build Elementary School * Govt Employees Ordered to Plant Coffee to Replace Jatropha * Villagers Forced To Plant Chilies * Govt Employee Asked To Work without Pay * Villagers Forced to Restore Military Camp Fences and Hostel Buildings * Villagers Forced To Carry Military Rations Freedom of Religion * Christian Cross Dismantled In Southern Chin State * CHRO Food Crisis in Chinland * CAD: Rat Infestation Still Hits Chin Villages Situations of Refugees * Chin Community School Thriving despite Limited Supports * Long-Detained Refugees Reunite With Family
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: pdf (165K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 January 2011


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Vol. XIII. No. III May-June 2010
      Date of publication: June 2010
      Description/subject: Table of Contents: Elections 2010_ Development as incentive to woo Chin voters ahead of elections ... SPDC creates 60 new govt. servant posts in pre-elections maneuver ... Identity Cards issued at cheaper-than-usual rate ahead of elections ... Questionable motive behind donations to Christian churches ... USDA warns of dire consequences for not voting for party ..... Arbitrary Measures_ SPDC bans pond fish-breeding in Hakha ... Fire victims, unassisted, slapped with fines ... Money collected for govt.-owned tea plantation ... Amy collects 180 tins of rice from villagers on monthly basis ... Troops extort nearly five million Kyats from traders ... Hakha residents pay more for cellular phone use ... Families forced to relocate due to airport extensions ... Water shortage caused by soldiers’ excessive use ..... Forced Labor & Land Confiscation_ Forced labor used on confiscated farmland ... Villagers lost land, livestock due to hydroelectric project ... Bonded Labor & Sexual Exploitation of the Poor ..... Freedom of Religion_ Student held decennial celebration at junta-banned Church ... Attendance falls as RELA raids target churchgoers ..... The Rights of the Child_ SPDC still uses child soldiers ... Food Crisis in Chinland ... Officials ignores ongoing humanitarian problems in Kanpalet Township ..... Situations of Refugees_ Raids blamed for rise in case of mentally affected refugees ... Refugee severely injured in RELA raid ... Refugee woman severely injure after being pushed off bus ... Funeral Service Held For Chin Accident Victims In Thailand
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: pdf
      Alternate URLs: http://www.chro.ca/publications/rhododendron/76-rhododendron-2010/359-rhododendron-news-vol-xiii-no...
      Date of entry/update: 24 November 2010


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Vol. XIII. No. II March-April 2010
      Date of publication: April 2010
      Description/subject: TABLE OF CONTENTS: Editorial_ Violence Against Refugees Must Stop ..... Arbitrary Measures_ High price for butchery license put town in jeopardy... Authorities set deadline for fund submission for drinking water reservoir ... Patients charged fees at Kalay govt. hospital ... Army’s sale of liquor corrupts local youth..... Forced Labor_80 Villages perform compulsory labor for ‘Self Support’ road construction ... Demands for porter service add to villagers’ hardships ..... Religious Freedom_ Buddhism to be taught in all primary schools in Chin State: Monk Claims ... Residents Forced to Pay for Buddhist Festival ... Churches closed down in Irrawaddy Division ..... The Rights of the Child_ Child soldier frustrated by life in the Burma Army ... Child worker threatened with physical harm for asking for his pay..... Situations of Refugees_ Refugee boy testified of being raped in New Delhi ... Repeated assaults in Delhi raised security concerns for refugees ... Hundreds of refugees arrested in recent raids in Malaysia ... Refugee woman savagely assaulted in Delhi in failed rape attempt ... Concerns rise for pregnant woman in Malaysian detention camp ... Refugee beaten up in Delhi for language difficulty..... 2010 Elections_ Junta revamps civil militia to help USDA in polls ... Chin political party registers for election ... Election Commission offices in Chin State ... ‘Ex-Gen.’ PM Leads New Political Party
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: pdf
      Alternate URLs: http://www.chro.ca/publications/rhododendron/76-rhododendron-2010/358-rhododendron-news-vol-xiii-no...
      Date of entry/update: 24 November 2010


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume XIII, No I, January-February 2010
      Date of publication: February 2010
      Description/subject: Table of Contents: EDITORIAL: * Malaysia: Inching Toward Refugee Protection... ARBITRARY MEASURES: * Millions Collected from Public for School Construction; * Burmese Soldiers Extort Money from Women Traders; * Junta orders people to shift for airport expansion... FORCED LABOR & CONSCRIPTION: * Pervasive Use of Civilian Porters in Southern Chin State; * Dozens Flee as Junta Steps Up Conscription Drive... PUBLIC SAFETY & WELFARE: * Community Safety Still under Threat in Chin State’s Capital; * Water Scarcity Poses Growing Concerns in Hakha... SITUATIONS OF REFUGEES: * Press Release: CHRO Lauds Malaysia for Plans to Issue IDs to Refugees... REVISITING HISTORY: CHIN NATIONAL DAY: * Interview with Pu Lian Uk MP Elect; * Banner of “Chin National Day” Banned in Burma
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: pdf (194K)
      Date of entry/update: 07 March 2010


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume XII, No VI, November-December 2009
      Date of publication: December 2009
      Description/subject: Table of Contents: EDITORIAL... * A Message from CHRO Executive Director... EXTORTION & ARBITRARY MEASURES: * Soldiers Extort Money from Traders... * Cross-border Traders Extorted 600,000 Kyats... * Arbitrary Measures Blamed for Declining Crop Yields... * Funds Collected to Support Militias... * Money Collected from Residents of Paletwa Town... * Residents Pay Municipal Tax without Getting Service... * Residents Ordered to Build Street Drainage..... THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD: * Child Worker Physically Abused by Employer... * Boy Escaped to India to Avoid Forcible Recruitment..... FORCED LABOR & CORRUPTION: * Corruption Leads to Civlian Forced Labor... * Authorities Refuse to Accept Donations in Fear of Corruption Exposure... * Suspicious Monk Confiscate Public Owned Pool for Personal Profits..... FOOD CRISIS IN CHINLAND: * Hunger Forced Man, Nephew to India in Search of Food... * Chin Food Crisis Worsened By locusts and Unusual Wind..... PERSONAL SECURITY: * Violent Crime on the Rise due to Lax Law Enforcement in Capital... * Burmese Army Allow Indian Rebels to Commit Violations in Chin State..... STATUS OF POLITICAL PRISONERS: Political Prisoners Mistreated in Kalay Prison..... FREEDOM OF RELIGION: * Church Construction Materials Storage Destroyed..... ANNUAL ACTIVITY REPORT 2009
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: pdf (190K)
      Date of entry/update: 10 February 2010


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume XII, No V, September-October 2009
      Date of publication: October 2009
      Description/subject: TABLE OF CONTENTS:- EDITORIAL: * Bottom Line: Rights Conditions Unlikely to Improve Post Elections..... HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATIONS: ARBITRARY MEASURES: * Residents Facing Shortage of Drinking Water due to Privatization... * Arbitrary Tax Exacted from House Owners... * Christian Religious institutions Face Heavy Tax Increase... * Authorities Collect Funds for Water Supply Project... * Forestry Department Taxes Firewood Use...* Increased Tolls Cause Fare Hike... * Patients Compelled to Pay for Test on Prospective Blood Donors... * Municipal Officers Collect Money for Garbage Removal, But Garbage Remains... * Authorities Refuse to Purchase Jatropha Seeds from Villagers as Promised... * SPDC Slashes the Salary of Civil Servants in Chin State... * Revenue Dept. Demand Exploitative Sums from People Going Abroad... * Soldiers Extort from Oil Workers..... FORCED LABOR: * 40 Villages Ordered to Perform Forced Labor... * SPDC Force Civilians to Perform Night Sentry Duty... * Civilians Face Hardships Due to Forced Sentry Duty... * Forced Labor and Portering Continues in Chin State... * Civilians Forced to Provide Money and Build Houses for Government Servants..... MILITIA CONSCRIPTION: * Hundreds of Chin Youths Conscripted into Militia Service... * Youths Flee as Militia Conscription Drive Intensifies... * Locals Trained to Shoot in Chin State... * Militia Trainees Prohibited Travels..... FOOD CRISIS IN CHINLAND: * Shortage of Drugs in Medical Facilities Results in Eight Deaths... * Singers Ready for Chin Food Aid Concerts in America..... DRUG: * Released Prisoners ‘Rehabilitated’ in Poppy Farms... * Junta-Approved Poppy Cultivation in Tonzan Township...
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: pdf (1.59MB)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.chro.ca/publications/rhododendron/68-rhododendron-2009/349-rhododendron-news-volume-xii-...
      Date of entry/update: 10 February 2010


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume XII, No IV, July-August 2009
      Date of publication: August 2009
      Description/subject: Contents: EDITORIAL: Two Years On: Survival Crisis Continues in Chin State... HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATIONS: Sexual Abuse against Women: SPDC Cabinet Minister & His Aides Accused of Rape... Military Officers Accused of Spoiling Young Girls..... Freedom of Religion: Church Construction Decreed to Stop... Christians Forced to Donate for Inauguration of New Buddhist Pagoda... Religious Assembly Restricted... Forced Donation and Labor Exacted to Build Buddhist Pagoda..... Forced Labor: Civilians Forced to Replant Jatropha... Forced Porter Demands on the Increase... Municipal Authorities Demand Forced Labor... Child Students Made to Work for Teachers’ Profit..... Extortion & Arbitrary Measures: SPDC-backed Women Organization Collecting Forced Membership Fees... Security Forces Extort from Cattle Traders... Excessive Charges Imposed on Phone Use... Money Collected from Public for New Electricity Generator..... 2010 Elections: Chin Villagers Forced to Endorse the 2010 Elections... SPDC Seeks Support for Elections through Promise of Development Aid... Chin Students Barred from University Campus Residence Ahead of 2010... Internet Cafes Shut Dow... Forced Recruitment to Join USDA..... Others: School Building Project Still on Hold Due to Corruptions... Farmers Cheated of 1 Million Kyats of Pooled Development Funds... Refused by Hospital for Having No Money, Cancer Patient Died... USDA Members Go Unpunished Despite Failing to Comply with Official Orders..... FOOD CRISIS IN CHINLAND: More than 30 Chin Families Flee to Mizoram... Crops Destroyed by Grasshoppers in Chin State... Chairman of Chin State Bars Foreign Aid... Increase in school dropouts in border areas of Chin state... Chin Famine Aid Live Concert in three European countries.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: pdf (190k)
      Date of entry/update: 01 December 2009


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume XII. No. III. May-June 2009
      Date of publication: June 2009
      Description/subject: EDITORIAL: • The World Must Not Wait till the Next June to Act on Burma SITUATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS:- FORCED LABOR: • Army Ordered Forced Labor for Storm Devastated Community • Army Conscripts Porters at Wedding Celebration • USDA Uses Forced Labor, Squanders Money from Charity • Child Labor on the Rise in Chin State • Forced Labor Displaced 15 Families... EXTORTION & ARBITRARY MEASURES: • Frequent Renewal of Family Registration a Rip-Off by Immigration Staff • SPDC Collects Tax from Self-Support Water Supply Project • Excessive Tolls Collected from Vehicle Owners • Train Travelers Burdened by Corrupt Practice by Security Personnel • Farmers Forced to Cultivate Summer Season Rice • Town Residents Still Without Running Water despite Having Paid Fees • Funds Collected for Dam Construction • Oil Workers Asked to Pay Tax... FREEDOM OF RELIGION: • Construction of Buddhist Pagoda Destroys Paddy Field • Increased Religious Discrimination in Kanpalet Township • Scholarship as Enticement to Convert to Buddhism • Church Renovation Still Not Permitted Despite License... FOOD CRISIS: • Food Crisis In Chin State Worsens As Rainy Season Comes • UNDP Accused of Unfair Distribution of Food Aid • Unregistered NGOs to Cease Operation in Chin State... MISTREATMENT & ASSAULT: • Prisoners Mistreated • Soldiers Brutalized Brother Trying to Defend His Sister • Unlimited Loggings in Lands Annexed from Chin State... TRIBUTE: 's Student Leader Salai Tin Maung Oo • Interview With Mai Popo: Till the Down of True Democracy in Burma
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html (24.5K)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.chro.ca/publications/rhododendron/68-rhododendron-2009/330-rhododendron-news-volume-xii-...
      Date of entry/update: 01 December 2009


      Title: Rhododendron News: Volume XII, No II. March-April 2009
      Date of publication: April 2009
      Description/subject: Editorial: • U.S Senate Report on Trafficking Underscores Continued Rights Violations in Burma... General Human Rights Situations: • Impunity for Army Officer Accused of Sexual Assault; • Corrupt Officials Employ Forced Labor; • Soldiers Exploit Chin Women under Guise of Marriage; • Soldiers Commandeered Traveling Passenger Vehicle; • Burmese Soldiers Extort Kyats 100,000 from Trader; • Request for Additional Elementary School Teacher Ignored; • Self-Reliance to Avoid Govt.'s Exploitation & Red-tape; • Widespread Corruptions Blamed for Constant Blackout; • Illegal Road Tolls Collected from Vehicle Owners; • Village Community Impoverished by Forced Labor; • Racial Discrimination against Chin Farmers Continues in Sagaing Division; • Inadequate Development Budget Leads to Forced Labor; • Unfair Salary Cut for Govt. Employees in Chin State; • Families Relocated to Avoid Incessant Forced Labor & Extortion... Religious Freedom: • Authorities Shut Down Chin Church in Rangoon; • Christians Forced to Contribute Wood towards Pagoda Construction... Food Crisis in Chinland: • Food Scarcity Likely to Worsen in Chin State – Aid Group... Situations of Refugees: • More Chin Refugees Found Detained in Malaysia; • Chins Suffer from Inadequate Access to Protection in India; • Over 200 Burmese arrested in Malaysia... Press Release: • U.S. Senate Releases Report on Abuses in Malaysia, Raids Continue; • CHRO Releases New Report on Situations of Chins in Delhi.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: pdf (153K), html,
      Alternate URLs: http://www.chro.ca/publications/rhododendron/68-rhododendron-2009/163-rhododendron-news-volume-xii-...
      Date of entry/update: 03 May 2009


      Title: Rhododendron News: Volume XII, No I. January – February 2009
      Date of publication: February 2009
      Description/subject: CONTENT: Editorial: • SPDC’s New Report Shows Proliferation of Buddhist Religious Infrastructure GENERAL HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATIONS • Oil Workers Exploited by Junta-backed Private Company • Justice Denied • Chin Administrative Official Dismissed from Job • Extortion and Forced Labor to Reconstruct a Bridge • Extortion and Confiscation of Livestock • Football Tournament to Profit Burmese Soldiers • Prostitution Proliferate Due to Economic Hardship • Army Officer Extorts Huge Sums of Money from Traders • More Chin Territory Annexed in Re-demarcation of Inter-State Border • 15 Year-Old Girl Raped by Burmese Soldier • Civilian Forced Labor Employed to Renovate • School Children Forcibly Conscripted into Burma Army • Chin Historical Researcher Threatened by Authorities • Travelers Face New Security Regulation • Student Hospitalized after Assault by Two Army Officers • Pay Money or Go to Jail • Chin Students Face Discrimination in Education ABUSE OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM • Partially Constructed Church Building Ordered Shut • Chin Church in Rangoon Closed Down By Authorities • More Churches Locked Up By Authorities • British MPs Expressed Deep Concern Over Church Shutdowns In Rangoon RESPONSE TO THE FOOD CRISIS IN CHINLAND • Live Aid Concerts to Combat Hunger in Chin State • Australia Hosts Famine Live Aid Concert Series • WFP: 'Food Plus Cash-For-Work Programme' Underway In Chin State REPORT • BURMA: Report Documents Abuse of Chin Christians
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: pdf (127K)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.chro.ca/publications/rhododendron/68-rhododendron-2009/164-rhododendron-news-volume-xii-...
      Date of entry/update: 07 April 2009


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume XI, No VI. November- December 2008
      Date of publication: December 2008
      Description/subject: CONTENTS: * Editorial: Deteriorating Conditions Despite Increased Awareness on Situations in Western Burma... * Situations in Chinland: * Rights Activist Feared Dead * Junta-Backed Sex Industry Growing in Chin State * Chin Farmers Forced to Change Rice Seeds * Burmese Soldiers Living off Villagers * Immigration Officials Seized Family Registration Cards, * Students Supply Rice and Firewood to Underpaid Teachers * Porter for Us or Give Rice or Money: Burma Army * Forced Labor to Construct Army Camp * Church Building Foundation Destroyed In Tayawaddy Village * Chin Political Prisoners Isolated from Families * Burmese Soldiers Live Off Villagers Struck by Major Food Crisis * Students Regularly Forced to Perform Forced Labor Duty * Forced Labor to Repair Army Camp * Parents of Students Struggling to Pay Compulsory Fees for Extra Classes * Corrupt Immigration Officers Extort from Travelers * Illegal Tolls Collected from Travelers... * Refugee Situations: * Chin Refugee Died at UNHCR Gate * Chin Refugee Committed Suicide Due To Depression In Malaysia * Whereabouts of Detained Chin Children Refugees Not Known In Thailand * Czech Republic Welcomed For Opening Its Door To Chin Refugees * New Focus on Refugee Protection in Asia-Pacific Region * New Uncertainty for Burmese Refugees over India's Provincial Election... * Activities Highlights- 2008: * Advocacy * Conferences/Seminars * Referendum & Public Mobilization Campaign * Awareness and Fund Raising Activities * Reports, Publication & Media Coverage * Field Coordination * Human Rights Education/Capacity Building * Acknowledgements
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization
      Format/size: html
      Alternate URLs: http://www.chro.ca
      Date of entry/update: 05 January 2009


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume XI, No V. September-October 2008
      Date of publication: October 2008
      Description/subject: CONTENTS: HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATIONS IN CHINLAND - * Villagers Punished for Failing to Comply with Forced Labour Order * Unfair Restrictions on Ferry Operators Cause Price Hike * Chin Widow Taxed 30, 000 for Owning Two Cows * Soldiers on Killing Spree of Livestock for Meat * Villagers Flee to India as Burma Army Rages * Farmers Compelled to Buy Govt-Produced Fertilizer * Villagers Forced to Supply Porters and Chickens... FOOD CRISIS IN CHINLAND: * Severe Food Shortages Blamed for Sharp School Dropout * Discriminatory Practice in Aid Distribution * Forced Labour Exacted from Areas Hard Hit by Food Scarcity * Food Crisis Puts Mothers and Children at Risk * Chin People Brace for Famine-Related Diseases * ENC Calls for Immediate Action to Address Food Crisis * DFID Hailed for its Response to Food Crisis in Chin State * Burma's Regime Slammed for Neglecting Food Crisis in Chin State * Local Relief Group Raised Funds for Famine Victims... NEWS AND EVENTS: * Deportation Feared for a Chin Refugee in Malaysia * Joint Cross-Border Effort Planned for Victims of Hunger in Chin State * Mizoram University Host International Seminar on Chin History * Chin Scholar Urged to Look Back into the Past * Demonstration to Mark Suu Kyi's 13 Years in Detention... OPINION: * Making Burma ungovernable... BACK COVER POEM: * Saffron Revolution
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization
      Format/size: html
      Alternate URLs: http://www.chro.ca
      Date of entry/update: 24 November 2010


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume XII. No. IV. July-August 2008
      Date of publication: August 2008
      Description/subject: CONTENTS:- HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATIONS IN CHINLAND" * Cross-Border Traders Face Rampant Extortion * Hunger Victims Forced to Finance Government's Project * SPDC Authorities Collected Money from Civilian for Bridge Repair * SPDC Army Looted Passenger's Goods * Vengeful Authorities Punished Villagers Who Voted against the New Constitution * Local Man Hospitalized After Attacks by Vigilante * Two Women among Arbitrarily Detained and Tortured * Internet Cafes Start To Boom In Chin State Amid Fears For Users... FOOD CRISIS IN CHINLAND: * Starvation Stalks In Chin State As Burma's Regime Ignores * Severe food shortages in Chin State focus of WFP meeting * More Than 30 Children Died Due To Food Crisis In Chin * Chiangmai Concert Raises Awareness and Money for Famine Relief in Chin State * Chin Medical Student on Noble Mission * Live Aid Concert to Take Place in Malaysia... NEWS AND EVENTS: * Chin Traditional Dress Impressed Britain's Prince Charles * Chin Student Union of North America Held Its Third Conference * Commemoration of 20th Anniversary of Burma's 8888 Uprising In Full Preparation * Hundreds Joined '8888' Demonstration in London * Chin Communities Held Seminars and Conferences Across The World......N.B. The CHRO website mistakenly ascribes this issue to Vol. XII
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization
      Format/size: html
      Alternate URLs: http://www.chro.ca
      Date of entry/update: 05 January 2009


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume XI, No. III. May-June 2008
      Date of publication: June 2008
      Description/subject: CONTENTS:- SITUATIONS IN CHINLAND: * Arrested Campaigners Tortured * Villagers Forced to Catch Fish from Conservation Area * Corruption Causes Rapid Environmental Destruction * Hunger Victims Taxed for Transporting Rice * Forced Labour, Extortion Fuels Hunger * Civilians Forced to Pay for Referendum Costs * Over 30 Millions Kyats to be Collected from Chin Public * School Teacher Raped by SPDC Cabinet Minister * Villagers Forced to Feed Burmese Soldiers Amidst Looming Starvation * Rice-mill Owners Unfairly Taxed * People Faced Junta's Post-Referendum Reprisals... REFUGEE SITUATIONS: * Teenaged Refugee Girl Abducted in New Delhi * Tensions Rise As More Chin Refugees Arrested In Malaysia... CAMPAIGN & ADVOCACY: * Chin Delegation Visited UK * Chin Delegates To Attend Conference At Liverpool Hope University * Ethnic Women From Burma Met UK Prime Minister... STATEMENTS AND PRESS RELEASES: * BURMA: Allow Unhindered International Humanitarian Aid and Rescue Operations * More Chin People Voted "No" Amidst Threats and Intimidation * Update: Threat, Intimidation and Manipulation Shroud Burma's Referendum... FACTS & ARGUMENTS: - R2P Concept and Burma... NEWS & EVENTS: - KNU Chairman Passed Away... BACK COVER POEM: Cries From The Chin Jungle....N.B. The CHRO website mistakenly ascribes this issue to Vol. XII.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization
      Format/size: html
      Alternate URLs: http://www.chro.ca
      Date of entry/update: 05 January 2009


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume XI, No. II, March-April 2008
      Date of publication: April 2008
      Description/subject: Table of Contents:- Editorial: • Double Jeopardy: When Global Food Shortage Meets Local Crisis... Situations in Chinland: • More Communities Flee Famine Affected Areas; • Government-backed Opium-Growing on the Increase in Chin State; • SPDC Army Forced Villagers for Porters; • Gospel Baptist Church’s Silver Jubilee Postponed; • Efforts to Help Victims of Famine Underway; • Fears for Famine-Hit Chin Grow as Corruption in Local Authorities Rules... Statements & Press Release: • Critical Point: Humanitarian Disaster in the Making in Western Burma; • Food Relief Hampered for Famine Victims in Western Burma; • Chin Famine Emergency Relief Committee (CFERC) Formed; • Asylum Seeking Mother and Children at Risk... Referendum: • Thura Aung Ko campaigns for referendum in western Burma; • Professor Dr. Salai Tun Than To Stage Hunger Strike; • Referendum Failed in Chin State: Mock Poll Suggests; • Go To The Poll, Cast Your Vote With Clear Conscience... News & Events: • Global Day of Prayer for Burma Held In London; • CNF Marks 20th Anniversary of Chin National Revolution Day... Opinion & Commentary: • The UN and Burma: the UN Good Offices Mission May Need Alteration; • Back Cover Poem; • The People And The Nation.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization
      Format/size: pdf (67K), html
      Alternate URLs: http://www.chro.ca/publications/rhododendron/67-rhododendron-2008/161-rhododendron-news-volume-xi-n...
      Date of entry/update: 05 May 2008


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume XI, No. I, January – February 2008
      Date of publication: February 2008
      Description/subject: Table of Contents: Editorial: * Cross-Border Aid Needed to Address Humanitarian Crisis in Chinland... Human Rights Situations in Chinland: * Forced Labor for Bootlegging * Illegal Funds Collected from Chin Public * Unfair Tax and Restriction Imposed on Chin Farmers * Money Extorted to Finance Militia Training * Town Residents Forced to Buy and Plant Tea Seed * Corrupt Forestry Officer Imposed Excessive Fines on Villagers * Officials Auctioned Off Seized Goods for Personal Profit * Extortion Rampage * New Recruitment Drive Targets High School Students * Burmese police recruit under age youth in western Burma... Refugee Situation: * 45 Chin Perished at Sea * Rela Burns Down Chin Camps in Malaysia * Local Youth Assault Chin Asylum Seeker in New Delhi... News & Events: * CHRO Begins Annual Advocacy Mission * Total Oil Urged to Pull Out of Burma * Chin Marks National Day with Protest * Burmese Regime Bans Chin Historical Day * Ethnic Alliance Warns Constitutional Boycott... Facts & Argument: * Burma’s Referendum: Why Indonesia Matters... Back Cover Poem: * Once Voice (Chin national Day)... Editorial.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 24 March 2008


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume X. No. VI. November-December 2007
      Date of publication: December 2007
      Description/subject: TABLE OF CONTENTS:- HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN CHINLAND: • 45 Chin Perished at Sea • Officials Auctioned Off Seized Goods for Personal Profit • Extortion Rampage • New Recruitment Drive Targets High School Students • Burmese Troops Forced Civilians as porters • Chin people fined for not attending pro-junta rally • SPDC extorts money and food from people in western Burma... REFUGEE ISSUE: • CHRO Calls for More Protections in Malaysia Following the Disappearance of Another Child • Renewed Calls for Release of Woman and Children • CHRO Calls for Release of Chin Women and Children Detained in Malaysia... CAMPAIGN & ADVOCACY: • CHRO Statement at USCIRF Hearing... NEWS & EVENTS: • CHRO Welcomes Honorary Canadian Citizenship for Aung San Suu Kyi • CHRO Calls to Observe Day of Mourning • CHRO Testify Persecution of Chin Christians at The U. S Congress • Burma Ethnic Leaders Promised A Review of India’s Policy on Burma • UNSC Urged to Brand USDA As State Sponsored Terrorist Organization • Burma’s Pro-Democracy Icon Aung San Suu Kyi Pay Constant and Serious Consideration on Ethnic Nationalities.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization
      Format/size: html
      Alternate URLs: http://www.chro.ca
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2009


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume X. No. V. September-October 2007
      Date of publication: October 2007
      Description/subject: TABLE OF CONTENTS: • Villager Shot To Death By Burmese Police In Thantlang • TPDC Authorities Warn NLD Members In Chin State • SPDC Heightened Security In Chin State • Two Elected Chin Mps Arrested; Protest In Burma Continue Amid Brutal Crackdown • SPDC Forced Chin People To Participate In A Rally In Support Of National Convention • Unfair Charge Imposed On Civilian For Making Citizenship Card • Burmese Junta Forces Villagers To Pay For Road Construction • Villagers Forced To Cultivate Chili Farm For Army • Unjustly Seized Cigarettes Worth For Kyat- One Lakh • Local Villagers Have Been Exploited For Personal Profit • Burmese Police Extorted Money From Travelers • Confiscated Land For Buddhist Orphanage School • Confiscated Village Head House For Army Camp • SPDC Forced Villagers For Construction Of Army Camp... REFUGEE ISSUE: • UNHCR, India Suspends Registration Of New Comers From Burma... PRESS RELEASE: • CHRO Condemns The Violent Crackdown On Protestors In Burma... NEWS & EVENTS: • The Biggest Chin Christian Organization Urges Worldwide Chin Community To Support Buddhist Monks In Prayer • Chin Christians Join Buddhist Monks In Anti Junta Protest • University Students And People Join Monks In Kalay • British Parliamentarians Visited Chin Refugees On The India-Burma Border.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization
      Format/size: html
      Alternate URLs: http://www.chro.ca
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2009


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume X. No. IV. July-August 2007
      Date of publication: August 2007
      Description/subject: TABLE OF CONTENTS:- Human Rights Situations in Chin State: • New Family Registration Drive Poses Burdens for Chin Families • Burmese Soldiers Living off Chin Villagers • SPDC Soldiers Looted Money from Pig-trader • SPDC Army Killed 50 Pigs for Food without Compensation • Exemption for Religious Pastor Repealed • SPDC Army Extorted 20,000 Kyats From Trader • Army Officer Confiscates 7.6 Million Kyats from Trader • New Tax Imposed on Fruit Merchants in Southern Chin State • New Restrictions on Farmers and Travelers Southern Chin State • Unlawful Seizure of Goods and Money • More Extortion by Burmese Army... Refugee Situations: • Hundreds Arrested in Malaysia Immigration Raids • More Chin Refugees Rounded Up in Malaysia Immigration Raids • URGENT ACTION APPEAL: Refugee Women and Children Detained in Continuing Raids in Malaysia • Chins held the intra-ethnic Constitution Consultative meeting News & Events • Chin Christian Fellowship In Denmark Held Its 4th Annual Conference Successfully • Chins held the intra-ethnic Constitution Consultative meeting • The 6th Seminar on the State Constitutions Kicks off .
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization
      Format/size: html
      Alternate URLs: http://www.chro.ca
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2009


      Title: 'Rhododendron News" Volume X. No. III. May-June 2007
      Date of publication: June 2007
      Description/subject: TABLE OF CONTENTS:- HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN CHINLAND: • SPDC Support Construction Of More Pagodas In Chin State • SPDC Conscript Villagers In Militia Training • SPDC Seized And Demolishes Houses For Training Ground • Tahan Market Reconstruction Controversy Reach Naypyidaw • Member Of Village Council Arrested For Carelessness • Villagers Detained For Writing Complaint Letter To Sr. Gen Than Shwe • SPDC Collected Money From Chin Farmers • SPDC Soldiers Collect Money From Chin Villagers To Build Army Camp • Burmese Soldiers Forced Villagers To Mend Their Camp • 25 Villagers Including Women Forced As Porter And To Repair Army Camp • Local Villagers Forced To Entertain Visiting Tactical Commander And His Troops • Villagers Got 80,000 Kyats Fined From Township Authority • SPDC Order To Sell Alcohol During Christian Youth Meeting • Villagers Forced To Buy And Grow Rice And Castor Seeds • SPDC Forced 6 Villages For Porter • Village Self Support Middle School Order To Stop... REFUGEE ISSUE: • More Chin Refugees Arrested By Malaysia Authority • CRC Urged UNHCR To Speed Up Registration... NEWS & EVENTS: • First Chin Military Official To Head Chin State • Chin University Students' Seminar In Matupi • CNA Soldier Under Investigation For Molesting A Woman • Six UNDP Workers Suspended For Corruption • ENC General Secretary Invited To The White House • A Chin Medical Student To Observe The Health Care System In The Uk
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization
      Format/size: html
      Alternate URLs: http://www.chro.ca
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2009


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume X. No. II. March-April 2007
      Date of publication: April 2007
      Description/subject: TABLE OF CONTENTS:- Arbitrary Arrest & Killing: • 9 Village Headmen Arrested For Failing To Report CNF Activities • Three Bodies Found After Weeks Of Arrest By Military... Forced Labor: • Seven Villages Forced to Construct Buddhist Monastery • SPDC Forces Villagers to Construct Army Camp • Long Forced Labor Project Compels Villagers to Alternate Work Shifts • Villagers Forced to Work on Hydro-Electric Power Plant Construction • Villagers Construct Road After Government Fails to Provide Proper Transportation System... Conscription, Arbitrary Order & Power Abuse: • Class Ten Students Arrested for Forcible Conscription into the Burma Army • Matupi Town Golden Jubilee Stone Pillar Destroyed • Tea-Field Seized by SPDC for Camp Construction • Two Child Soldiers Flee SPDC Cruelty • Local Villagers Forced to Buy Rice-Seed by SPDC • SPDC Soldiers Demand Chicken from Villagers • Insecticide Usage on Rice Causes Public Health Problems • 70,000 Kyats Seized from Cow Trader by Burma Army • Burma Army Demand Chickens and Forced Porters • Government Threats to Private Bank Causes Great Public Loss • Photos of Naked Women Discovered in a Residence of Hakha Tactic Commander’s Close Acquaintance... Refugee: • Murdered Refugee Girl Laid to Rest • Chin Community Mourns the Tragic Death of Dally Sui • Malaysia Deports over 40 Chin Asylum Seekers • RELA Raids Continue in Malaysia • Malaysia Arrests More Refugee Babies • Human Rights Group Denounces Detention of Babies and Vulnerable Refugees in Malaysia • Malaysian Lawyers Call for an End to RELA Amidst Increasing Abuses... Advocacy & Campaign: • CHRO Presentation at UK Parliament • Chin Activists Met Malaysian Cabinet Minister... Press Release: • CHRO Commends Malaysia for its Stance on Burma • CHRO Condemns Summary Executions of Three Chin Village Headmen • Chin Community And Students Around The World Joined CHRO In Condemning SPDC For Summary Executions Of Three Chin Village Headmen... Back Cover Poem: • An Elegy For Dally.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organisation
      Format/size: pdf (110K)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.chro.ca/publications/rhododendron/66-rhododendron-2007/155-rhododendron-news-volume-x-no...
      Date of entry/update: 16 May 2007


      Title: Rhododendron News, Volume X. No. I. January-February 2007
      Date of publication: February 2007
      Description/subject: TABLE OF CONTENTS:- FORCED LABOUR & PORTER: • SPDC Soldiers Target Chin Women For Porter • Chin Christian Women Compel To Do Manual Works At Buddhist Monastery • SPDC Used Child Labor In Road Construction • Civilians Force To Work At Army Camp • SPDC Summoned 7 Villages For Road Construction • SPDC Forced 100 Villagers To Build Military Camp • Villagers Forced To Work At Army Own Tea Plantation Farm • SPDC Forced Civilian For Road Repair • Villagers Compel To Fence Army Camp In Dar-Lin • SPDC Soldiers Continue To Use Villagers As Porter • Local Villagers Compel To Serve As Guide For Burma Army • SPDC Solders Use Porter... ARBITRARY ORDERS & POWER ABUSE: • Provide Ration Or Your Village Will Be Burnt • Cultivate Jatropha Plant Or Leave The Village • SPDC Soldiers Collect Ration From Villagers • Matupi Town Residents Compel To Watch Football Match • Dar-Lin Villagers Have To Pay For Entertaining The Army Officer • Villagers Must Buy Jatropha Seeds • The SPDC Fined 1,700,000/- Kyats From 5 Cattle Traders • SPDC Soldiers Extort 400,000/- Kyats From Cattle Traders • Village Headmen Bear The Burden Of Militia Training • SPDC Soldiers Looted From A Farmer • A Chin Girl Sent Home And Denied For Health Training For Wearing Longpant • 2 SPDC Police Refused To Pay Their Bus Fare • Internally Displaced In The National Capital • SPDC Authority Extort Money From Travellers • SPDC Police Looted From Female Trader • Burmese Soldier Steal Chicken From Villager... REFUGEE: • Detained Refugees Face Poor Conditions and Possible Caning • Chin Refugee Fell To His Death • Malaysia Detains 176 Suspected Illegal Immigrants From Myanmar... LOBBY & ADVOCACY: • Chin and Kachin Delegation Holds Milestone Meeting with UK Foreign Office Minister • Activists Increase Pressure as EU Looks to Review Common Position on Burma • Burma’s Persecuted Christians Plea Case In Highest U.S. Hearings • A Chin Girl Speaks at UN about Gender Violence in Burma PRESS RELEASE • CHRO Concerned by Remarks of Malaysia’s Home Affairs Minister • CHRO Welcomes the Publication of “Carrying the Cross”... MILESTONE NEWS & EVENTS: • ENC General Secretary Dr. Lian Hmung Sakhong awarded the 2007 Martin Luther King Prize in Sweden • A Struggle To Be An Authentic Human Being Again.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization
      Format/size: pdf (141K)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.chro.ca/publications/rhododendron/66-rhododendron-2007/156-rhododendron-news-volume-x-no...
      Date of entry/update: 17 March 2007


      Title: "Rhododendron News", Volume IX. No. VI. November-December 2006
      Date of publication: January 2007
      Description/subject: TABLE OF CONTENTS: HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN CHINLAND: * Forced Conscription By SPDC In Chin State * Villagers Forced To Work In Road Construction * 2 Minor Boys Among 20 Porters * Villagers To Relocate Within Deadline * Junta Orders Closure And Destruction Of Orphanage School * SPDC Organized Village Council Election Training REFUGEES: * Detained On Christmas * 43 Chin Refugees Arrested In Immigration Raid * Malaysia Deports 80 Asylum Seekers * Chin Refugees Got A Surprise Star Visit * Struggle Continues For Human Rights Award Winner * Chin Asylum Seeker Mother And Child Released NEWS & EVENTS: * Chin Refugee Committee Wins Human Rights Award In Malaysia * CHRO Wraps Up Lobby Trip In Washington D.C FACTS & ARGUMENTS: CONCEALED ETHNIC CLEANSING IN BURMA By Mai Mang Khan Cing (Bianca Son) o Introduction * Ethnic Cleansing Defined * Avoidance of Mass Murder * Forced Labor * Prohibition of Foreign Journalists * Isolationism * Forced Migration * Disconnection from Soil * Rape * Religious Persecution * Eminent Domain * Undocumented Cases of Concealed Ethnic Cleansing * Conclusion * References: BACK COVER POEM: * THE CHINS IN DECEMBER
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organisation
      Format/size: html (174K)
      Date of entry/update: 21 January 2007


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume IX. No. V. September-October 2006
      Date of publication: 10 December 2006
      Description/subject: TABLE OF CONTENTS:- FORCED LABOR: * SPDC Authority Forced Hundreds Of Local Villagers To Repair India-Burma Border Trade Road; * Villagers Forced To Construct Army Camp; * Villagers Forced As Porters; * SPDC Force Villagers To Search For A Lost Gun... CONSCRIPTION: * SPDC Conscripted Villagers For Militia Training, Collect Ration And Money From Civilians; * 200 Local Civilians Trains For Militia... ARBITRARY ORDERS, ROBBERY OF SPDC, AND POWER ABUSE: * VPDC Chairman Got 6 Months Imprisonment For Failing To Attend The Meeting; * Police Threaten 2 Merchant Women And Demand 20,000 Kyats; * SPDC Troops Confiscate 1,000,000 Kyats And Four Cattle From Traders; * Chin Woman Forced To Abort Her Pregnancy By A Lieutenant Commander... REFUGEE: * Chin Asylum Seekers From Burma Detained In Malaysia Immigration Raid; * Update On Arrests Of Chins In Malaysia; * Chin Asylum Seeker Died; * Chin Asylum Seekers Held Captive By Thai Agents; * Mizoram Police Arrest 30 Illegal Burmese Migrants... LETTER & PRESS RELEASE: * CHRO Welcomes Chin Waiver; * The Department Of State Decides Material Support Inapplicable To Chin Refugees From Burma; * An Open Letter To Young Mizo Association (YMA); * Proposed Measures To Be Taken By The YMA Against Foreigners And Others Staying Illegally... NEWS & EVENTS: * Self-Decision Making Training For Women Concluded; * Chin Youth Conference Successfully Concluded; * Rights Group Praises US For Allowing Myanmar 'S Chin Refugees; * Rice Exempts Chin Refugees For US Resettlement, Welcomed By CHRO... CRITICAL ISSUE: * The Threat Of HIV/AIDS Among Chin People (By Piang Lilian)... BACK COVER POEM: * A Land Abandoned (By Van Biak Thang)
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 19 January 2007


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume IX. No. IV, July-August 2006
      Date of publication: August 2006
      Description/subject: TABLE OF CONTENTS: ARBITRARY ORDERS & POWER ABUSED: * Village Headman House And Huts Of Villagers Burned Down By SPDC * Mother And Infant Child Arrested * SPDC Arrest People Who Refuse To Serve As Village Council Chairmen * SPDC Prohibits Headmen From Resigning From Their Posts * SPDC Soldiers Burn A House * SPDC Authorities Close Down Orphanage School * SPDC Ordered Village Self Supported Middle School to Close * Unfair Tuition Fees Demanded * SPDC Force Local People To Sell Timber Planks At Unfair Price * Burmese Army Collect Rations From Villagers * Burmese Army Demand Chicken From Villagers * Police Arrest Cross-Border Trader And Confiscate Goods * SPDC Lieutenant Took 200,000 Kyats From A Woman Trader * Military Officials Need Permission To Go To Capital * SPDC Ignore 23 Deaths Caused By The Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever... ARBITRARY KILLING & RECRUITMENT: * Village Headman Killed, Two Forcibly Recruited As Soldiers * Villagers Forced To Attend Two Months Military Training * Local Residents Forced To Take Militia Training... FORCED LABOR: * Castor Oil Plantation Project A Problem For The People * SPDC Authorities Fine People Who Fail To Plant Castor Oil * SPDC Re-Issues Order For Castor Oil Plantation * Land Confiscation Continues For Jathropas Plantation * Death Sentence To People Opposing Jathropa Plantation... RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION: * SPDC Authorities Collect Money From Local Residence For Buddhist Water Festival * Fifty Households To Be Evicted For Monastery Expansion * Land Confiscated For Buddhist Monastery... REFUGEE: * Chin Workers Arrested In Malaysian Immigration Raid... MILESTONE NEWS & EVENTS: * Tahan Market Reduced To Ashes * Chin Student Union Of North America Formed * Gathering Strength: Exiled Chin Christians Merged For A Joint Mission * Chin Community Of Germany Hosted Chinland Constitution Consultative Meetings * The Chin Community In Norway Successfully Hosted Chinland Constitution Consultative Meeting * ENC Goes Online * CNF Ratifies Anti-Landmine Treaty... OPINION: * Reconciling Identity And Integration (By Bianca Son: Mang Khan Cing)... BACK COVER POEM: * A Bedbug (By Van Biak Thang)
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html (257K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 September 2006


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume IX. No. III May-June 2006
      Date of publication: June 2006
      Description/subject: TABLE OF CONTENTS: EDITORIAL: * Growing Abuse Of Human Rights In Chin State... SUMMARY KILLING: * Village Headman Shot To Death... VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: * Burmese Soldiers Rape Mother Of Four Children... TORTURE: * Burmese Army Tortured Village Headman And 3 Villagers * Burmese Police Tortured A Chin Trader And Extorted Money... ARBITRARY ORDERS: * Police Officer Illegally Demanded Huge Sums Of Money From A Female Trader * Burmese Army Demand Bribes From Cross-Border Traders * National Id Cards Withheld For Civilians * Spdc Authorities Illegally Collect Excessive Farm Tax * Spdc Fined A Villager After Killing Her Pig... FORCED LABOR: * Civilians Forced To Cut Timber Planks For The Construction Of Buddhist Monastery In Military Camp * SPDC Forced 25 Villagers To Work In Their Camp Everyday * SPDC Soldiers Force Civilians To Work On Matupi Town Road Extension * Burmese Army Forces Villagers To Repair Army Camps Without Payment * Burmese Army Use Villagers For Forced Portering * SPDC Soldiers Call Villagers To Work For 30 Days * SPDC Use Labor Of Villagers For Personal Profit * SPDC Forced Over A Hundred Local People For Road Maintenance... REFUGEE: * Chin Refugee Community In Malaysia Held 5 Funerals In A Week * CHRO Called For Action (Letter Writing Campaign)... OPINION: * A Legacy And A New Battle Cry * Judging Our Political Parties... STATEMENT: * Statement Of The First Chin National Assembly * Chin Freedom Coalition Statement To Support Dr. Salai Tun Than’s Mission For The Re-Emergence Of Democracy In Burma... BACK COVER POEM: * A Traumatised Child
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 02 September 2006


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume IX. No. II. March-April 2006
      Date of publication: April 2006
      Description/subject: TABLE OF CONTENTS: HUMAN RIGHTS: * Burmese Soldiers Stopped Worship Service, And Took Them For Potter * Civilians Forcibly Conscripted For Militia Training * Civilians Flee To Mizoram As Burma Army Targets Relatives Of Chin Rebels For Arrest * Increasing Of The Death Of The Hard Labors Prisoner Under The State Peace And Development Council * Thousands Forced To Attend Anti-Opposition Rallies * Police Officer Extorts Money For Illegally Collecting Wild Orchids * Church And 26 Houses Gutted In Fire In Chin State... OPEN LETTER & APPEAL FROM PROFESSOR DR. SALAI TUN THAN: * Appeal To Senior General Than Shwe * Appeal To The Students And Youths * Appeal To The Minorities In Myanmar... REFUGEE: * Statement Of Chin Human Rights Organization On The Us Patriot Act Of 2001 And The Real ID Act Of 2005... STATEMENT: * Political Affairs Committee Of Chinland Calls Chin National Assembly * Victoria Agreement * Statement Of Chin Consensus Building Seminar
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 02 September 2006


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume IX. No. I. January-February 2006
      Date of publication: February 2006
      Description/subject: Table of Contents: Human Rights Situations in Chinland. Summary Execution, Torture & Arbitrary Detention: • A 17 Year-Old Boy Summarily Executed by Burmese Troop • Relative of Chin Rebel Victim of Chronic Abuse, Torture & Extortion • Villager Severely Tortured for Alleged Sympathy to Rebels, Six Others in Army Custody • Alleged Rebel Sympathizers Tortured by SPDC troops • Two High School Students Arbitrarily Detained for Suspected Ties to Rebels... Forced Labor & Extortion: • 45 Civilians Forced as Porters • More than 200 Civilians Forced to Work in Road Construction • SPDC Forced Villagers to Clear over 600 Acres of Forested Land for Tea Plantation • Advance Christmas Celebration Disrupted by Forced Labor Conscription • Burmese Police Illegally Extort Money from a Woman Trader • SPDC Troops Extort Money from Traders • Villagers Forced to Contribute Tin Roofing Plates to Build Army Barrack • Burmese Soldiers Robbed Chin Women Traders of over Half a Million Kyats • SPDC Collecting Forced Donations to Support Disabled Army Veterans • SPDC Forcibly Collects ‘Donation’... National Convention: • Mass-Signing’ Event Held in Support of the National Convention... International Campaign: • Canada Should Work More Aggressively to Affect Positive Change in Burma (Brief Submitted by CHRO to Canadian Foreign Affairs)... Opinion: • Rethinking a Parliamentary-Federal Proposal for Burma By Salai Za Uk Ling... Back Cover Poem: • Unity against Colony (Chin National Day) By Van Biak Thang.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 02 September 2006


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume VIII. No. VI. November-December 2005
      Date of publication: December 2005
      Description/subject: TABLE OF CONTENTS: Indiscriminate Killing & Prohibitive Orders: • Two Killed, Six Injured in Indiscriminate Killing • SPDC Authority Prohibits Growing other Crops Except Rice at Farms... Forced Labor and Extortion: • Burmese Troop Forced Civilians to Porter, Demanded Rations • SPDC Collected Money Illegally from Local People • Excessive Money Collected from Identity Cards • Local People Forced to Construct Police Station • Excessive Taxes Exacted... Opinion: Will the National Convention Bring Democracy to Burma? --By Harn Yawngwe... Presentation: • Human Rights Situations in Chinland --By Salai Bawi Lian Mang... Activity Reports • CHRO Key Activities Highlights in 2005... Back Cover Poem • Sweet December --By Van Biak Thang
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 02 September 2006


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume VIII. No. V. September-October 2005
      Date of publication: October 2005
      Description/subject: TABLE OF CONTENTS: Women Rights: • A Chin Girl Raped by Burmese Soldier • 5 Teenaged Girls Among 18 Porters Forced to Carry Army Supplies • Chin Women Compel to Join MWAF by Junta... Forced Labour: • SPDC Takes Credits for New Bridge Built with Forced Labor • Chin Villagers Fined for Failure to Provide Forced Labor • Villagers Ordered to Cut Bamboo for Army Camp • 12 Villages Exacted for Forced Labor at New Army Camp... Extortion & Power Abuse: • Army Officer Demands Deer Skins and Chicken from Chin Villagers • Township Authorities Collect Illegal Tax from Students • Burmese Army Robbed from Cross Border Traders • Burmese Troop Robbed 300,000 Kyats From Cattle Traders • Five Civilians Hospitalized As Burmese Army Rage over Loss of Football Match with Civilians... Interview: • Online Interview: Talking About Human Rights... Opinion & Commentary: • The Dragon is Looking Askance : Chinese Policy and the Moral Authority of the Security Council (By Kanbawza Win)... Statement: • Statement of Condolence on the Death of Dr. Vumson Suantak... Back Cover Poem: • A Boring Worm (By Van Biak Thang)
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 02 September 2006


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume VIII. No. IV. July-August 2005
      Date of publication: August 2005
      Description/subject: CONTENTS: Editorial: The Forced Labor Pandemic... Human Rights Situations: Abuse of Religious Freedom: • Local Christians Forced to Attend Opening Ceremony of Buddhist Pagoda... Extortion • Burmese Troops Extort Money from Villagers • Army Officer Sells off 1000 Round Bamboos Forcibly Collected from Civilians for Personal Profit... Forced Labor: • Mass Forced Labor Exacted to Construct New Military Camp • Villagers Forced to Renovate Army Camp • Military Authorities Compel Civilians to Supply Wood Planks for Construction of Hospital • SPDC Forced Primary School Children to Porter • Army Officer Sells off 1000 Round Bamboos Forcibly Collected from Civilians for Personal Profit • 30 Villages Forced to Contribute Sand to Renovate Army Camp • SPDC Forced School Children and Civilians to Labor at Government’s Tea Plantation... Opinion: Indo-Burma Relations A Cause Betrayed: Has the World’s Largest Democracy Turned Its Back on the Cause of Democracy in Burma? (Chinland Guardian)... Environmental Issue: • MITHUNS SACRIFICED TO GREED The Forest Ox of Burma's Chins
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 02 September 2006


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume VIII. No. III. May-June 2005
      Date of publication: June 2005
      Description/subject: TABLE OF CONTENTS: General Human Rights Violations: • Army Officer Abducts Village Headman for Ransom • Villagers Flee to India to Escape Army Brutalities • Youth Organization Abolished and The Leader Arrested • SPDC Commander Justify His Barbaric Action • Compulsory: You Must Buy USDA Calendar... Forced Labor: • New High School Being Constructed with Forced Labor • New Military Camps: Anguish For The People • SPDC Use Prisoners for Construction of Hospital • SPDC Forced 600 Villagers to Engage in Road Construction... Religious Persecution: • Chin Christians Forced to Supply Construction Materials for New Buddhist Monastery... International Campaign: • Canadian Parliament Passed Burma Motion... Refugee: • Indian NGO Expressed Concern Over UNHCR Handling of Refugees from Burma in New Delhi... Facts & Arguments: Persecution of Chin Christian in Burma (By Salai Bawi Lian Mang)... Back Cover Poem: * A letter to My Mother (By Van Biak Thang)
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 02 September 2006


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume VIII. No. II. March - April 2005
      Date of publication: April 2005
      Description/subject: CONTENTS: Human Rights Situations: Extrajudicial Killing • Innocent Villager Shot to Death and Burned • Innocent Chin Beaten to Death by Burmese Army Forced Labor & Extortion • Forced Labor Increases Hardship for Impoverished Villagers • Local Army Chief Orders Forced Labor and Illegal Tax from Civilians • Hundreds of Civilians Provided “Voluntary Labor” to Construct Road • Extortion Intensified at Border Trade Route... Political Suppression • SPDC Unlawfully Destroyed House of Local Leader of National League for Democracy Party... Refugee Situations: • (RI) Malaysia: Chin Refugees on the Run... Debate: • Independence or Federalism? By Harn Yawngwe • Shan Elder Declare Independence, Chin MP Speaks • Panglong Agreement Vs Declaration of Shan Independence By Salai Za Ceu Lian... Back Cover Poem: • To Maung Lian: By Van Biak Thang
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 02 September 2006


      Title: "Rhododendron News", Volume VIII. No. I. January-February 2005
      Date of publication: February 2005
      Description/subject: CONTENTS: Human Rights Situation: • Innocent Chin Villager Summarily Executed • Burmese Army Destroyed a Christian Cross in Matupi Township • Chin Christians Forced to Contribute Money and Labor for Construction of Buddhist Monastery • Civilian Compelled to Take Militia Training, Conscription Order Issued • Unjust Order Against Chin Farmers • SPDC Continues to Practice Forced Labor in Chin State • Forced Labor: Construction of Rih Hospital Quarters • Forced Labor at Tea Plantation Farm... International Campaign: • CHRO calls for the observance of International Day of Prayer on Sunday, January 30th for Persecuted Chin Christians in Burma • Exiled Chins Condemned The Burmese Military Junta’ practice of Religious Persecution Against Chin Christian in Burma • Press Statement on a protest against religious persecution against Chin Christians in Burma • Chin Community In the US Condemn SPDC Practice of Religious Persecution Against Chin Christians in Burma • CHRO Briefing at US Department of State • Update on Ethnic Nationalities Issues in Burma... Chin National Day: • Chins Commemorate National Day... Back Cover Poem: • Chin National Day
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 02 September 2006


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Vol. VII. No. V. September-October 2004
      Date of publication: October 2004
      Description/subject: Table of Contents:- Human Rights Violations: • SPDC’s Chairman Gen. Than Shwe Poster A Must Buy in Chin State; • Bullet Speaks Lauder than Words; • SPDC Captain Tried to Rape a Married Woman; • Civilian Compel to Repair Army Camp; • High School Students Forced as Porters; • The Tale of Cross-border Cattle Traders; • Burmese Soldiers on the Rampage in Falam Township; • Supply Wood or Face Severe Punishment; • Suppression of Christians in Gankaw Towship... Refugee Concern: • Grievance Over Recent Incidences Around Putrajaya; • CHRO’s Presentation at the US State Department Bureau for Population, Migration and Refugee; • Chin Activists, Refugee International team up to lobby US... Facts & Arguments: • A Struggle For Self-Determination In Burma: Ethnic Nationalities Perspective (By Lian H. Sakhong)... Back Cover Poem: • “Where is Papa?” (By Van Biak Thang).
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 15 February 2005


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume VII. No. IV. July-August 2004
      Date of publication: August 2004
      Description/subject: Table of Contents: Human Rights: • Forced Labor at Indo-Burma Border Trade Route; • SPDC Practice Widespread Forced Labor In Border Towns; • Villagers Forced As Porter. Refugees: • Chin Refugees in Mizoram Face Threat of Deportation; Statement, Letter & Press Release: • Refugees International Letter to Sonia Ghandi; • CHRO’s Statement at the Twenty-Second Session UNWGIP; • Chin Human Rights Organization Mourns the Death of Dr. Chao Tzang Yawnghwe; Facts & Arguments: • Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Burmese Chin Refugees in India; Scholar Section: • Burma and National Reconciliation: Ethnic Conflict and State-Society Dysfunction By Dr. Chao-Tzang Yawnghwe
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 11 November 2004


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume VII. No. III. May-June 2004
      Date of publication: June 2004
      Description/subject: Contents:- Human Rights Violations in Chinland: * Christian Cross Destroyed By SPDC in Matupi; * Christian Pastors Forced to Take part at Buddhist Water Festival; * Obey the Order or Go to Jail; * Construction of Baptist Church Ordered to Halt in Matupi; * SPDC Open 2 New Concentration Camps in Chin State; * Village Headman and Council Menber Arrested for Failing to Repair Border Trade Road; * 45 Villagers from Rezua Township Engage in Forced Labor Construction of Kangaw-Matupi Road; * Villagers Forced to Work at Army Camp... Press Release: * Burma’s Junta Guilty of Mounting A Campaign of Ethnocide Against Chin Christians; * SPDC Guilty of Persecuting Christians Despite Purported Commitment to Political Reforms... Opinion: * Should the invitees attend the National Convention?... Facts & Arguments: * Conditions For Chinland To Join Reunification Of Federal Union Of Burma... Back Cover Poem: * Our Heart is There But There... Human Rights Violations in Chinland: Christian Cross Destroyed By SPDC in Matupi.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 01 September 2004


      Title: "Rhododendron" Volume VII. No. II. March-April 2004
      Date of publication: April 2004
      Description/subject: CONTENTS:- Human Rights: * Chin Women forced to Join Myanmar Women Organization Chaired By Gen. Khin Ngunt’s Wife; * Forced Labor in Thantlang Town; * Forced Labor In Matupi Township; * 11 Villages Forced to Work at the Army Tea-Plantation Farm; * The SPDC soldiers Collect Illegal Tax from Chin Villagers; * Burmese Soldiers on Extortion Rampage; * Report Yourself to the Authority or Go to Lockup; * Eviction order served to residents of Tamu-Kalay Highway... Refugees: * Let the illegal people leave! * How to treat the Burmese in Mizoram... Religious Persecutions: * State-Sponsored Expansion Of Buddhism In Chin State; * Interview With Rev. Dr Chum Awi; * How And Why The Burmese Army Murdered Four Chin Christians, By Vum Son Suantak... Facts & Arguments: * The Non-Burman Ethnic People of Burma. By Harn Yawnghwe... Human Rights: Chin Women forced to Join Myanmar Women Organization Chaired By Gen. Khin Ngunt’s Wife.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organisation (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 01 September 2004


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume VII. No. I, January-February 2004
      Date of publication: February 2004
      Description/subject: TABLE OF CONTENTS:- Human Rights: * Over 200 Household Forced to Work in Road Construction; * Villagers Forced to Work In Rih Area; * Villagers Forced as Porters; * Burmese Army Robbed Chin Farmers; * Burmese Army Extort Money from Villagers; * Extortion of Money by Burmese Police at Sentung Village; * Human Rights Violations in Lailenpi Area as Reported By Mara People Party; * The Chins In Washington DC Protest Against Burmese Military Junta... Refugees: * Chin Asylum Seeker died During Police Operation... Scholar Section: Human Rights Violations And The Denial Of Minority Rights In Burma: * Introduction; * Human Rights vs. Traditional Burmese Political Values; * Human Rights and Self-determination; * Human Rights, Religion and Nation Building; * Denial of Religious and Cultural Rights under Ne Win’s Dictatorship; * Religious Persecution under Current Military Junta (A Case of the Chin Christians); * Conclusion.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organisation (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 01 September 2004


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume VI. No. V. November-December 2003
      Date of publication: December 2003
      Description/subject: Contents: Human Rights: · Suu Kyi Suporter Passed Away While on the Run; · Villagers Forced to Construct Army and Police Camp in Rih Area; · Civilians Ordered to Take Militia Training In Chin State; · Order Translation; · Hundred of Women Forced to Take Part in Militia Training; · 3 NLD Leaders in Chin State Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison... Refugees: * Chin Refugee Died In Police Detention [CRC Malaysia]; * Alarming News From New Delhi: Burmese Refugees Demonstrating Infront Of The Unhcr Office Are Arrested And Brutally Treated By The Indian Police[CFIS]; · REPORT UPON THE PROTEST BEFORE UNHCR [CRC Delhi]... Statement & Press Release: · Situation of Burmese Refugees Worsens After India Detained 44 Burmese Following Police Attacks [CHRO]; · India: Investigate Police Attack on Burmese Demonstrators [Human Rights Watch]; · Indian Government Should Investigate Police Attack On Burmese Refugees [Forum-Asia]... Facts & Arguments: · India: The Situation of Burmese Refugees in New Delhi By Kavita Shukla, Refugee International; · The Situation of Burmese Refugees in India By Victor Biak Lian, CHRO.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organisation (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 01 September 2004


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Volume VI. No. IV. September-October 2003
      Date of publication: October 2003
      Description/subject: CONTENTS: * Editorial: Waiting for Change for 15 years... Human Rights: * Land Confiscated to Build Military Base; * Villagers Forced to Repair Army Camp; * Crackdown on NLD Forced Suu Kyi’s Supporters into Exile... Refugees: * Burmese Refugees Protesters Arrested in India... Press Release & Statements: * CHRO: The Burmese Generals are lying to The World. * Statement by Pu Lian Uk (MP Elect-Haka Constitency) Regarding USDA Rally in Haka. * CHRO’s Statement to the United States Congressional Hearing on Burma.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organisation (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 01 September 2004


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Vol. VI No. III, July-August 2003
      Date of publication: August 2003
      Description/subject: CONTENTS: Editorial... Human Rights: * View from Inside (Interview with Major Thawng Za Lian); * Chin Christian church demolished - An account by eyewitness... Refugees: Letter and Press Release; * Updates on the Situation of Chin refugees in India; * CHRO: Chin Refugees in India Face Forced Repatriation to Burma; * CHRO’s Letter to the National High Commissioner of India; * Refugee International’s Letter to Prime Minister of India; * RI: Forced back: Chin refugees... Statement: * CHRO’s Oral Intervention at 21st UNWGIP.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron publication" Vol. VI No. II, May-June 2003
      Date of publication: June 2003
      Description/subject: CONTENTS:- Human Rights: * Surviving Torture; * A Chin Woman’s Struggle for Justice; * Jailed Professor On Hunger Strike; * Interview with Mr. Ngun Thawng; * New Town Makes People Cry... Refugees: * UNHCR Office In India Comes Under Severe Attack By The Scandinavian Burmese Committees... Letter & Statements: * CHRO Presentation at the United States Department of State; * CHRO Condemns Attack on Aung San Suu Kyi, Calls for International Action; * Letter to Hon. Stanley Peter Dromisky... Scholar Section: * Constitutional Crisis in Burma (Toward the Political Dialogue on Constitutional Issues in Burma).
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron" Vol. VI No. I, January-February 2003
      Date of publication: February 2003
      Description/subject: Human Rights: * 5 Chin Christian Children Escaped From Buddhist Monastery; * “No More Forced Labor, But Pay Cash”; * 21 Christian Villages in Chin State Being Forced to Supply Wood to build Buddhist Monastery... Refugees - Letters & Press Releases: * Open Letter to UNHCR (New Delhi); * Press Release by All Burma Refugee Committee in New Delhi... Back To The Past: * Historic Agreements Leading The Birth of Union of Burma; * Aung San-Atlee Agreement (27 January 1947); * The Panglong Agreement February 12, 1947; * The Justice of Tamadaw; * Chin National Day Message; * 20th February: A Milestone for Chin People.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: pdf (400K)
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Vol. V No. V, November-December 2002
      Date of publication: December 2002
      Description/subject: New Buddhist Pagoda Being Built in Chin State with Forced Labor; * Burmese Army on the Rampage of Extortion; * District-wide Eviction Left Hundreds of Chin Refugees Shelterless in Mizoram; * Chin Refugees in Another District of Mizoram To Be Evicted in January 2003; * Ignored Chin Refugees In New Delhi; * The Long and Winding Road to Asylum; * CHRO’s Letter to Chin Churches and Communities Overseas; * Mizo Hnahthlak (or) Mizo Group By R. Vanlawma.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Vol. V No. IV, September-October 2002
      Date of publication: October 2002
      Description/subject: * Burmese Army Looted Chin Traders; * SPDC Troops Forced Women, School Children and Civilians to serve; * SPDC recruit USDA member in Chin State; * A Chin Refugee Girl Raped; * Chin Refugees Face Imminent Crackdown in India’s Mizoram; * Burmese Junta uses Forced Labour Freshly in Rakhine State in Western Burma; * 36 Chin Villages Extorted by Burmese Army; * Indian Security Force Arrested a Chin Democracy Activist,Fellow Acticists Fear Extradition to Burmese Military; * Press Release by Asylum Seekers From Burma in Delhi; * "The refugee situation on the western borders of Burma” By Chris Lewa, Forum Asia, Bangkok, Delivered at the Canadian Friends of Burma Public Conference; * What Chinland with its people is to India by Pu Lian Uk.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Vol. V No. III, July-August 2002
      Date of publication: August 2002
      Description/subject: *Introduction : Chin People In Burma: An Overview... *Human Rights : - New Township Development Project Left 100 People Forced To Work Daily -- 180 Houses To Be Relocated; - Arbitrary Agricultural Policy Results in Forced Labor; - Persecution of Christians Renewed, Junta Coerces Chin Christians to Pull Down Cross; - Denial of Religious Freedom; Christian cross at risk of destructionin Chin State, western Burma; - Police Officer Killed by Own Bodyguad; - Burmese Baptist convention banned on orders of Junta... *Action Alert... *Facts and Arguments : - THE NEWIN DOCTRINE: A systematic Campaign of Hatred By Vum Son.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Vol. V No. II, March-April 2002
      Date of publication: April 2002
      Description/subject: Human Rights: * Burma’s Junta Arrested Two Prominent Chin Christian Ministers; * Forced Labor Continues In Remote Areas of Chin State; * Forced Labor Used to Repair Army Camp; * Professor Gets 7 Years for Protest.. Refugees: * Chin refugees being evicted en mass in Northeastern India; * Translations of Orders & Local News Regarding Chin Refugees in Mizoram State of India... Letters & Press Releases: * Urgent Action Appeal By CHRO; * Chin Youth Organization Letter to Young Mizo Association; Chin Forum Letter to Young Mizo Association... Facts & Arguments: * Myanmar: The Politics of Humanitarian Aid By International Crisis Groups; * Critique Of The International Crisis Group's Report By Dr. Chao-Tzang Yawnghwe.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron" Vol. V No. I, January-February 2002
      Date of publication: February 2002
      Description/subject: Burmese Soldiers Arrested A Dying Elderly Woman. Burma’s Junta Arrested A Chin Professor . Petition to the Government of Myanmar. Tortured Voice . A Chin woman political prisoner speaks out . Myanmar’s Minority Conundrum: Issues of Ethnicity and Authority - David I. Steinberg (Georgetown University ) Majority-Minority Problems - Interview with Peng Thang, a Lecturer from University of Rangoon. 54th Chin National Day Message.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron" Vol. IV No.VI, November-December 2001
      Date of publication: December 2001
      Description/subject: HUMAN RIGHTS: SPDC uses Forced Labor in Army Owned Farm; SPDC Troops Forced Chin Villagers To Serve as Porters; Forced Portering In Thantlang Twongship; SPDC Soldier Robbed Villagers; SPDC Lt. Colonel Demanded Solar Plate From Chin Villagers; Civilians Forced to Repair Army Camp; SPDC Soldiers Looted From Civilians; Can’t Afford Identity Card; Burmese Army Force Chin Civilians to Sell Liquor; " You Must Play Soccer" Said SPDC Captain; ICRC Suggests Some Prisoners Not Relevant to Hard Labour... LETTER & PRESS RELEASE: Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s Letter to The Burmese Regime; Burma’s Democracy Leader Still Under House Arrest, Ten Years After Winning Noble Peace Price... FACTS & ARGUMENTS: Canadian Ties to Burma’s Dictatorship.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Vol. IV No. V, September-October 2001
      Date of publication: October 2001
      Description/subject: HUMAN RIGHTS:Forced Labor in Magwe Division; Racially selective settlement and relocation being implemented in Kalay-Tamu Area; SPDC monopolizes farming management; Villages Headmen Must Sign: "There Is No Porter or Forced Labour"; Junta disbands Christian infrastructure, restricts access to theological studies abroad; "No English, We are Burman"; Only Burmese Names in School; SPDC from Tidim seized goods from a Chin trader; SPDC troops abduct civilian vehicles at whims; Chin MP Arrested In Manipur State of India... REFUGEES: Chin immigrants being evicted from Mizoram... FACTS & ARGUMENTS: Human Rights Watch World Report: Burma & The Role of the International Community; Chins Welcome Long-Awaited Admission To World Body; Congratulations to the Chin people; Ethnic Groups In Burma... OTHERS: Statement of Condolence.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: pdf (76K)
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Vol. IV No. IV, July-August 2001
      Date of publication: August 2001
      Description/subject: HUMAN RIGHTS : A Female Pastor Sentenced For Two Years With Hard Labour In Haka; A Village’s Dream To Solve Drinking Water Problems Ruined; Cross-border Chin traders Robbed and Beaten up By Burmese Soldiers; A Chin Farmer Badly Beaten Up; Civilian in Southern Chinland forced to work at the Army Camp... REFUGEES: Burma's ethnic refugees in Indian border get no help; Letter & Press Release: Press Release From Chin; Urgent Action Called By Amnesty International...Scholar Section: Democracy Movement Towards Federal Union; The Role of UNLD in the Struggle for Democracy and Federalism in Burma By Dr. Lian H. Sakhong (Ph.D. Uppsala University).
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Vol. IV No. III, May-June 2001
      Date of publication: June 2001
      Description/subject: Human Rights: Interview with an excaped prisoner from Sayasan Hard Labor Camp; Inter View with a Chin NGO Worker... Refugees: A Cry Unheard - A struggle for survival, dignity, and hope of Chin refugees in India by Salai Za Uk Ling; Letter & Press Release: No Shelter for Chin Refugees In Malaysia; Chin Students and Youth Organization’s Letter to UNHCR Office, Kuala Lumpur; Congressman Underwood Secures HHS Refugee Aid For Myanmar Nationals in Guam; CHRO’ Oral Intervention on 57th Session UNCHR... Facts & Arguments The Unkept Promises Fleeing Burma Where Life is At Risk And Liberty Curtail Human Rights; Interview with an escaped prisoner from Saya San Hard Labor Camp.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron News" Vol. IV No. II, March-April 2001
      Date of publication: April 2001
      Description/subject: Burmese Soldiers Arrested A Female Pastor In Chin State; Ethnic Leader Arrested In Burma; Being An Elected MP In Burma; Night Watch Duty By Civilian Persists In Town In Chin State; How Polio Vaccines Are Given In Chin State; Army Authorities In Chin State Imposed Levy On Farmers... REFUGEES: Burmese Refugees In India To Go Hungry; Burmese Refugees Write To Kofi Annan For Help... FACTS & ARGUMENTS: Secret Negotiations - The Myanmar Mentality (By Kanbawza Win); Burma Army And Forced Recruiting Of Child Soldiers (By Salai Kipp Kho Lian); The Most Common Causes Of The Chin People's Exodus (By Hre Mang).
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron publication" Vol. IV No. I, January-February 2001
      Date of publication: February 2001
      Description/subject: HUMAN RIGHTS::Interview With Lt. Col. BIAK TO; Burmese Soldiers Stole A Church’s Solar Plate; Burma Orders Christians In Chin State Not To Celebrate Christmas; Supply Wood Or Pay Fine... REFUGEES:UNHCR To Cut Monthly Allowance To Burmese Refugees In India; Burmese Seeking U.S. Asylum Held In Custody, Limbo In Guam; Burmese Refugees Released... LETER & PRESS RELEASE: Ecumenical Group Led By Church World Service Secures The Release Of Asylum Seekers From Burma... FACTS & ARGUMENTS: The Chin Identity Crisis; US Refugee Policy Should Include Persecuted Christians in Annual Admissions; The Chins In The Eyes Of Foreigners... Back Cover Poem: Rhododendron Land Awakened (Salai Kipp).
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron" Vol. III No. IV, November-December 2000
      Date of publication: December 2000
      Description/subject: HUMAN RIGHTS: - Junta Orders Burning Of 16,000 Bibles, Halts Church Construction; - A Reflection By An Eyewitness - Pu Do Thawng; Chin Political Prisoner; - List Of Civilians Charged With "Unlawful Association Acts"; - How The Burmese Soldiers Behave In The Village... REFUGEES: - Chin And Other Burmese Asylum Seekers In Guam Face Crisis... LETTERS & PRESS RELEASE: - An Appeal To SPDC From Catholic Bishops & Council Of Churches In Burma... FACTS & ARGUMENTS: - Ethnic Political Crisis In The Union Of Burma.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron" Vol. III No.III, September-October 2000
      Date of publication: October 2000
      Description/subject: CHRO: MAKING VOICE FOR THE OPPRESSED; HUMAN RIGHTS: SPDC DESTROYED CHIN VILLAGE; SPDC STORMED CHIN CHRISTIAN CHURCH; NOWHERE TO GO; US SAYS BURMA GUITY OF CONTINUED RELIGIOUS REPRESSION; INTERVIEW WITH SAWI THANGA; INTERVIEW WITH VAI LIAN ZING... REFUGEES: INDIA ACTS TO BLOCK WAVE OF ILLEGAL BURMESE IMMIGRANTS; INDIA DEPORTED 82 CHIN REFUGEES; CHIN REFEGEES SENT TO FALAM, CHIN STATE, BURMA; 54 CHIN REFUGEES FROM LUNGLEI AND LAWNGTLAI DEPORTED... LETTERS & PRESS RELEASE: USCR CONDEMNS INDIA'S FORCIBLE RETURN OF BURMESE CHIN REFUGEES; MEMORANDUM TO CHIEF MINISTERS, GOVT' OF MIZORAM STATE, INDIA; CFOB's LETTER TO HIGH COMMISSIONER OF INDIA, OTTAWA; A PLEA TO STOP DEPORTING CHIN INNOCENT REFEGEES; LETTER TO SWDISH FOREIGN MINISTER... FACTS & ARGUMENTS: India: POLICIES AND LAWS TOWARD REFUGEES.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron" Vol. III No. II, July-August 2000
      Date of publication: August 2000
      Description/subject: HUMAN RIGHTS: 1. CHRO - FIELD MONITOR AND TWO VILLAGERS KILLED BY SPDC SOLDIERS; 2. CHIN WOMAN ARRESTED AND HUMILIATED BY SPDC SOLDIERS; 3. CHRISTIAN CHURCH ORDER TO DEMOLISH IN HAKA, CHIN STATE... REFUGEES CRISIS IN INDIA: 1. HUNDREDS OF REFUGEES FROM BURMA ARRESTED IN AIZAWL, INDIA; 2. THE ARREST & DEPORTATION OF CHIN REFUGEES IN INDIA CONTINUES; 3. CHIN REFUGEE DIED AT AIZAWL LOCK-UP; 4. BURMA REFUGEES WITHOUT UNHCR SUPPORT IN DELHI; 5. JAIL CONDITION IN MIZORAM STATE (HNEHTU DAILY NEWS PAPER, AIZAWL)... PRESS RELEASE: 1. PRESS RELEASE OF AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CONCERNING CHIN REFUGEES; 2. HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH: INDIA MUST PROTECT CHIN REFUGEES; 3. UNITED STATES COMMITTEE FOR REFUGEES DEEPLY CONCERNED OVER FATE OF BURMESE; 4. CHIN DEPORTED AND DETAINED BY INDIA... FACTS & ARGUMENT: 1. CHRISTIANITY IN EASTERN CHINLAND (Rev. Dr. Chum Awi)... DEVELOPMENT: 1. ECOLOGICAL SYSTEM AND RENEWABLE ENERGY IN CHIN STATE (provided by Chin Research and Development Society).
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron" Vol III No. I, January 2000
      Date of publication: January 2000
      Description/subject: "Forced Labor in Matupi township of Chinland; A yong boy drowned while relaying a letter for the SPDC troops; No religious freedom in Burma..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron" Vol. II No. XI, November 1999
      Date of publication: November 1999
      Description/subject: Indefinite power of a Burmese Army Officer; A frustrated soldier defected; Kyats 80,000 bribe safe a life; Forced labor in Chinland; Shot on sight: innocent Chin civilian killed by Burmese Army; Two pastors arrested in Thangtlang township of Chinland.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron" Vol. II No. X, October 1999
      Date of publication: October 1999
      Description/subject: Innocent Chin villager shot death by SPDC troops; A Buddhist monk killed in Chin state; SPDC troops used forced labor to repair road; A strange monk at Rikhawdar village of Chinland; Meeting for various kinds of works; Village headman arrested in Chinland; Extorted money from villagers by SPDC troops.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron" Vol. II No. IX, September 1999
      Date of publication: September 1999
      Description/subject: "Civilians held responsibile for disappearance of army personal (Burmese soldier tortured village headmen in Chinland); Soldier extorted domestic animals in Falam township of Chinland; Burmese troops terrorized in Indian villages; Civilians engaged in road construction as forced labor; Burmese Christians flee to India alleging persecution; Forced to construct police station and army camp in Chinland..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron" Vol. II No. VIII, August 1999
      Date of publication: August 1999
      Description/subject: "100 civilian men detained in the Church; Village life in rural Chinland; Land confiscation; Collecting cane sticks from villagers for SPDC troops; The plight of Burma's women refugees in India..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron" Vol. II No. VII, July 1999
      Date of publication: July 1999
      Description/subject: Military government's attitude towards Christianity; Forced labor in Thangtlang township; One day is not enought to tell you our suffering.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: pdf (43K)
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron" Vol. II No. VI, June 1999
      Date of publication: June 1999
      Description/subject: "Pastors arrested in Chinland..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron" Vol. II No. V, May 1999
      Date of publication: May 1999
      Description/subject: "Forced labor in Thangtlang township; Chin hunger strickers sent to jail in New Delhi; Caught in a crossfire - village lilfe in Paletwa Township..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron" Vol. II No. IV, April 1999
      Date of publication: April 1999
      Description/subject: "Interview with a Chin villager in Sagaing division..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron" Vol. II No. III, March 1999
      Date of publication: March 1999
      Description/subject: Land confiscation as using to racial discrimination; Interview with fomer college student from Chinland; Deforestation in Chinland under SPDC government.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron" Vol. II No. II, February 1999
      Date of publication: February 1999
      Description/subject: "Chin peoples have to supply ration for SPDC troops; Interview with VPDC chairman; Money for pagoda festival; Religious persecution in Chinland; Uncertainty to celebrate Christian Centenary; Villages treaten with landmines; Army or Bandit?; Monks and SPDC troops unite for one purpose; Kyats 20,000 per village track for SPDC Headquarters' school..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron publication" Vol. II No. I, January 1999
      Date of publication: January 1999
      Description/subject: "No educational opportunities under the SPDC; Forced labor in Chinland; Chaotic situation in Paletwa township; Kyats 20,000 ransom for 34 lives and Villages headmen compelled to sell liquor..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron" Vol I No. VI, December 1998
      Date of publication: December 1998
      Description/subject: "Preventing from running self-support private schools in Chinland by SPDC; 60 times a porter for the SPDC troops in a year (1998); Committing suicide; Rice storage for whom?; Villages elders forced to drink liguor; A villager beatten in Paletwa township; Extorting for selling Cattles; Shot on sight; Forced rally: USDA rally in Haka; Rape of a woman porter and Killed by landmines..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron" Vol. I No. V, November 1998
      Date of publication: November 1998
      Description/subject: "Interview with a Chin political prisoner; Religious persecution in Chinland; Looting of jaggery., Forced labor: Building a football (succer) ground and Maung Taw Kya Aung's account..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron" Vol. I No. IV, October 1998
      Date of publication: October 1998
      Description/subject: "Interview with village headman; Two democracy activists arrested; Extortion and arrested; Cutting timber for SPDC troops; Extortion in Matupi township; Religious persecution in Chinland; Church leader tortured in Lautu track by SPDC troops; Traders robed by SPDC troops; Demanding porters and a pig by SPDC troops; Looting of jaggerry; Forced labor building a football (soccer) ground..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron" Vol. I, No. III, September 1998
      Date of publication: September 1998
      Description/subject: "Situation of Chinland under SPDC for ten years (1988-1998); The account of Sawm Lian; Religious persecution in Chinland..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron" Vol. I, No. II, August 1998
      Date of publication: August 1998
      Description/subject: "Chins face treat of landmines; Forced labor as prisoner of war; Pushing into stervation; Treating as enemy; Our Army, our torturer; Forced labor in Paletwa township of Chinland; Distortion in Thangtlang township by SPDC troops..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: "Rhododendron" Vol. (I) No. (1), July 1998
      Date of publication: July 1998
      Description/subject: "Introduction to the Chinland; Chin Seminar held in Canada; Villagers tortured and raped; Looting in Chinland by SPDC troops; Students life in Tonzang township; Portering at gun point; Stealing civilian properties by SPDC troops..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


  • Discrimination against the Chin (Zo) -- websites and reports

    Websites/Multiple Documents

    Title: Chin Human Rights Organisation (CHRO)
    Description/subject: " Welcome to Chin Human Rights Organization Chin Human Rights Organization is working to protect and promote the rights of the Chin people." Violation of the rights of women and children, forced labour, political suppression, racial discrimination religious persecu-tions committed by the Burmese military regime results thousands of Chin to flee from their home country. CHRO aims: * To promote Human Rights and democratic principles among Chin people. * To empower the people, especially the victims of human rights violations, who have been suffering so long under the Burmese military regime; * To provide accurate and reliable information about human rights situation in Chin state and western part of Burma to the international community. The Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO) was established in 1995, and registered as not for profit organization in Canada as it is impossible to legally register in Burma or its neighboring countries India or Bangladesh. As part of its efforts to restore democracy and human rights to Burma, the CHRO has been independently documen-ting human rights violations perpetrated by Burma's military regime against the Chin of Burma. Abuses such as racial discrimination, forced labour, rape, and religious persecution are commonplace for the Chin as well as many other peoples in Burma. CHRO produces a news bulletin six times a year, which is disseminated to human rights institutions and individual supporters around the world. Accordingly, CHRO has become a key advocate internationally for the support of the Chins and people from Western Burma, those living in Burma as well as those living as refugees in other countries."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organisation (CHRO)
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


    Individual Documents

    Title: Myanmar's Economy Needs Human Rights Reforms
    Date of publication: 27 November 2013
    Description/subject: "After decades of political and economic isolation, Myanmar is making economic strides to address "underdevelopment," and companies, consultants, and cronies are rushing to help realize the dream. But in Myanmar's ethnic states, underdevelopment is not only an economic problem. It's also a human rights problem, and now is the time to address it. Last month, with Fortify Rights and others I traveled through the remote and newly unrestricted mountains of Chin State to participate in a series of human rights workshops and town-hall style meetings, undeniable indicators of positive changes unfolding in the country. Home to dozens of ethnic sub-tribes, Chin State is predominantly Christian, and for decades the Chin suffered violent abuses by a string of military regimes..."
    Author/creator: Matthew Smith
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: " The Huffington Post" via Fortify Rights
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 26 May 2014


    Title: Life Under the Junta: Evidence of Crimes Against Humanity in Burma’s Chin State
    Date of publication: 2011
    Description/subject: "...Our data reveal that Government authorities have perpetrated human rights violations against the ethnic Chin population in Western Burma. Although other researchers have posited that a prima facie case exists for crimes against humanity in Burma, the current study provides the first quantitative data on these alleged crimes. At least eight of the violations that we surveyed fall within the purview of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and may constitute crimes against humanity. The ICC has jurisdiction over the most serious crimes of concern to the international community, including murder, extermination, enslavement, forced displacement, arbitrary detention, torture, rape, group persecution, enforced disappearance, apartheid, and other inhumane acts. For acts to be investigated by the ICC as crimes against humanity, three common elements must be established: (1) Prohibited acts took place after 1 July 2002 when the ICC treaty entered into force. (2) Such acts were committed by government authorities as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against a civilian population. (3) The perpetrator intended or knew that the conduct was part of the attack. Our research demonstrates that the human rights violations we surveyed in Chin State meet these necessary elements. All reported human rights violations in our study occurred during the immediate 12 months before the interview in 2010 and thus fall within the temporal jurisdiction of the ICC. Additionally, our data show that 1,768 attacks were directed against a relatively large body of civilian victims. And although there is no threshold definition of what constitutes widespread, these data provide evidence that these reported abuses occurred on a large scale with numerous victims. Coupled with qualitative information that our team of investigators gathered, this quantitative data reveal patterns of abuse that constitute systematic targeting and executing of human rights violations against an ethnic and religious minority. While our data imply knowledge that would satisfy the third element of the definition of a crime against humanity, further evidence is needed to establish individual culpability. This evidence would likely stem from a U.N. Commission of Inquiry or another thorough investigation..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Physicians for Human Rights
    Format/size: pdf (1.5MB - OBL version; (2.63MB - original)
    Alternate URLs: http://physiciansforhumanrights.org/library/documents/reports/Burma-full-rpt-Chin-state.pdf
    Date of entry/update: 22 January 2011


    Title: On the Edge of Survival: The Continuing Rat Infestation and Food Crisis in Chin State, Burma
    Date of publication: 24 September 2009
    Description/subject: Executive Summary" "Since late 2007, the people of Chin State have been struggling with massive food shortages and hunger after the vast bamboo forests that cover the mountainous landscape of Chin State began to flower and die- a process that occurs twice every century. Already struggling for their survival due to decades of severe economic repression and human rights abuses, this natural disaster has left the Chin people on the edge of survival. This report is a follow-up to CHRO’s July 2008 report, “Critical Point: Food Scarcity and Hunger in Burma’s Chin State,” which first brought worldwide attention to the dire humanitarian conditions facing the Chin people. This report provides an update on the current conditions in Chin State, the effects of the food crisis, and responses taken to assist people in the affected areas of Chin State. The bamboo of Chin State began to flower in late 2006. Attracted to the fruit produced by the bamboo, the flowering process triggered an explosion in the rat population. After exhausting the fruit supply, the rats turned on people’s crops and food supplies, causing massive food shortages for local villagers dependent on farming for their livelihood and subsistence. In 2008, CHRO estimated that as many as 200 villages were affected by severe food shortages associated with the bamboo flowering, and no less than 100,000 people, or 20 percent of the entire population of Chin State, were in need of immediate food aid. CHRO now believes those figures are much higher. Since CHRO first reported on the crisis, food shortages spread to seven townships in Chin State as well as parts of Sagaing Division. Up to 82 percent of the farmland has been destroyed in certain affected regions of Chin State. In several villages, each and every household is in need of immediate food aid. The consequences of the food crisis are also more apparent now. Over 54 people are known to have died due to the effects of extreme malnourishment and famine-related disease; children comprise the majority of recorded deaths. As access to affected regions is limited, this number is likely to be an underestimate. Disease and malnourishment is widespread, particularly among women, children, and the elderly. Children with little ability to concentrate on studies due to hunger have been forced to drop out of school in order to help their families forage for food: school enrollment rates are down 50 to 60 percent from last year. Several thousand Chin have fled their villages to search for food elsewhere. More than 4,000 have already arrived to the India and Thailand border. Villagers are now struggling with hunger and severe malnutrition due to food shortages in Chin State. Children are particularly at risk of malnourishment. (© CHRO, 2007) Up to 82 percent of the farmland has been destroyed in certain affected regions of Chin State. (© CHRO, 2009) The situation has been made more acute by the ruling military regime’s utter neglect of the suffering, compounded by policies and practices of abuse and repression against Chin civilians. As thousands struggle with hunger, starvation, and disease, the SPDC continues practices of forced labor, extorting excessive amounts of money from villagers, confiscating people’s land and property, in addition to other severe human rights abuses. Such actions have strained the Chin people’s ability to cope with the impacts of the natural disaster. Since the food shortages were first reported by CHRO, efforts have been made to respond to the food crisis. After initially dismissing the situation in Chin State, the WFP conducted a follow-up investigation and eventually acknowledged the existence of food shortages in Chin State. During a recent mission to the area, WFP reported “food consumption *to be+…worse than any other region visited by the Mission.” WFP and their coordinating partners initiated relief programs in early 2009 that continue to be implemented in various affected areas of Chin State. Chin community-based groups in India have also organized relief teams to deliver food aid to remote villages in Chin State. These teams are responsible for delivering over 30,000 kilograms of rice to 54 villages in six townships from May to July 2009 alone. Despite concerted efforts from multiply fronts to assist the affected population, Burma’s military government, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), continues to do nothing to respond to the food crisis in Chin State. Rather, the SPDC has exacerbated the crisis through sustained human rights abuses and economic repression, further undermining the livelihoods and food security of the Chin people. Forced labor, extortion, and confiscations of land and property continue unabated within the affected areas. SPDC has denied repeated requests for food aid, even as it reports a rice surplus. Local authorities have banned villagers from receiving foreign aid, threatening reprisals against anyone who accepts foreign aid. Government neglect and continued abuse; inadequately supported relief efforts; and pervasive hunger and food shortages have the potential for catastrophic humanitarian consequences. The effects of the bamboo flowering and rat infestation are expected to last three to five years. During the last bamboo cycle, half a century ago, 10,000 to 15,000 people reportedly died due to the associated effects of hunger and disease in neighboring Mizoram State. The people of Chin State today struggling with the same natural disaster have the added burden of military repression, abuse, and neglect. They are on the edge of survival now; but their struggle is far from over."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
    Format/size: pdf (2.38MB)
    Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs07/On_The_Edge_of_Survival-2.pdf
    Date of entry/update: 18 September 2009


    Title: Waiting on the Margins - An Assessment of the Situation of the Chin Community in Delhi, India
    Date of publication: April 2009
    Description/subject: Executive Summary: The steep mountain chains and deep valley gorges in Burma’s northwestern Chin State is the homeland of some 1.5 million ethnic Chin. Due to ongoing human rights abuses, severe restrictions on basic freedoms, and widespread poverty within Chin State, only 500,000 ethnic Chin remain in Chin State. More than two-thirds of the Chin population have fled to other parts of Burma and neighboring countries in a quest for protection and survival. Some 100,000 Chin are currently living in uncertain conditions in India’s northeastern state of Mizoram, which shares a border with Burma’s Chin State. Another 4,200 Chin have made their way to Delhi with the hope of obtaining protection from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Another 30,000 Chin have fled to Malaysia also with the hope of finding some form of protection and security. This report examines the lack of protection and adequate living conditions of Chin refugees and asylum-seekers in Delhi. As India is not a party to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees or its 1967 Protocol, few protections are available to Chins living in Delhi. Although UNHCR is currently registering and recognizing refugees in Delhi, the Chin face long wait times due to processing delays. Resettlement is unduly slow and opportunities are limited. Although the Indian government allows UNHCR-recognized Chin refugees to obtain residential permits to stay in Delhi, the process to obtain such permits is complicated by redundant documentation requirements, corruption, and unnecessary delays. While protection and permanent solutions are long in coming for the Chin community in Delhi, their wait is made more urgent by untenable living conditions, a lack of adequate and acceptable livelihoods, poor health, an inability for their children to receive an education, and the impossibility of integrating with the local community. Although UNHCR supports several programs to provide for and improve the welfare of Chin refugees, many of these programs are inadequate and ineffective to meet the needs of the community. Access to such programs are limited to UNHCR-recognized Chin refugees, excluding those not yet registered with UNHCR and those with cases pending before UNHCR. Considering the human rights situation in Burma and ongoing violations against basic human rights and freedoms in Chin State, the Chin people of Burma will continue to require protection and accommodation in neighboring countries in the foreseeable future. For this reason, the Chin Human Rights Organization urges the Indian government and the UNHCR to: • Ensure Chin refugees and asylum-seekers have unhindered access to effective and expedient protection mechanisms. • Minimize processing delays and corruption that hinder members of the Chin community from obtaining protection and access to crucial benefits and services. • Ensure Chin refugees and asylum-seekers have access to: acceptable and appropriate accommodations; stable and adequate sources of income and job opportunities; and quality and affordable healthcare and education. • Promote, expand, and improve current humanitarian programs that benefit and serve members of the Chin community.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
    Format/size: pdf (3MB)
    Alternate URLs: http://www.chro.ca/publications.html
    Date of entry/update: 07 April 2009


    Title: "We Are Like Forgotten People" -- The Chin People of Burma: Unsafe in Burma, Unprotected in India
    Date of publication: 28 January 2009
    Description/subject: "In the 93-page report, “‘We Are Like Forgotten People’: Unsafe in Burma, Unprotected in India,” Human Rights Watch documents a wide range of human rights abuses carried out by the Burmese army and government officials. The abuses include forced labor, arbitrary arrests and detention, torture, religious repression and other restrictions on fundamental freedoms. In Mizoram state, India, Chin people remain at risk of discrimination and abuse by local Mizo groups and local authorities, and of being forced back across the border into Burma... Burma’s military government regularly arrests and imprisons ethnic Chin to stifle political dissent and intimidate them. The army places restrictions on many aspects of life for the Chin, including: curtailing their freedom of movement; regularly confiscating and extorting money, food, and property; exacting forced labor, and coercing them to plant certain crops. One Chin man told Human Rights Watch, “We are like slaves, we have to do everything [the army] tells us to do.” “We Are Like Forgotten People” also documents abuses committed by the opposition Chin National Front and its armed branch, the Chin National Army, such as harassment, beatings and extortion from Chin villagers. One Chin church leader now living in Mizoram said, “These underground groups, rather than being a help, make life even more difficult for us.” Human Rights Watch called on both the Burmese army and armed groups to end abuses, and for Burma’s ruling State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) to allow humanitarian agencies unfettered access to Chin State..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Human Rights Watch
    Format/size: pdf (3.8MB; 2.6MB - no cover)
    Alternate URLs: http://www.hrw.org/en/reports/2009/01/27/we-are-forgotten-people
    Date of entry/update: 24 November 2010


    Title: Critical Point - Food Scarcity and Hunger in Burma’s Chin State _ 2008 (Special Reports)
    Date of publication: July 2008
    Description/subject: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: "The military regime of Burma has been consistent in their inability and unwillingness to protect and provide for the people of Burma. Burma’s human rights record provides testimony of decades of widespread violations and abuses perpetrated largely at the hands of Burma’s military rulers and their agents against the Burmese people. Dissent is regularly silenced and opponents brutalized. In a country once known as the “rice-bowl of Asia,” Burma is now one of the poorest countries of Asia due to steady economic deterioration driven by the regime’s mismanagement. Many in Burma live without access to proper schools, healthcare facilities, reliable electricity, safe drinking water, and stable food supplies. Cowed by policies of extreme oppression and tactics of intimidation, life for much of the population in Burma is a struggle for daily survival. Add to that a natural disaster- and survival in Burma reaches a critical point. Western Burma’s Chin State is at such a point. Since 2006, the region has been plagued by a severe food crisis following a steep reduction in the local harvest and food production. The year 2006 marked the beginning of a new cycle of bamboo flowering, which occurs about every 50 years in the region, triggering an explosion in the population of rats and resulting in the destruction of crops. This has caused a severe shortage of food for local communities primarily dependent on subsistence farming through shifting cultivation. The phenomenon has been documented three times since 1862, and each past event ended in a disastrous famine for the communities in the area. Compounding the impending food crisis in Chin State due to the bamboo flowering is the continuation of severe human rights violations and repressive economic policies of the military regime, which serve to further undermine the livelihoods and food security of the Chin people. The use of unpaid civilian forced labour is widespread throughout Chin State, which consumes the time and energy of local farmers and reduces their crop yields. The regime also forcibly orders farmers to substitute their staple crops for other cash crops, and has confiscated thousands of acres of farmland from local farmers for tea and jatropha plantations. Meanwhile, arbitrary taxes and mandatory “donations” collected from Chin households by the Burmese authorities total up to as much 200,000 Kyats a year in major towns.2 This includes the unofficial collection of money from the Chin public by officials in various government departments at the local level to support such programs as tea and bio-fuel plantations; and extortion and confiscation of money, properties, and livestock by military units stationed at 33 locations across the state. The rising cost of living and skyrocketing food prices is also adding to the already dire humanitarian situation in Chin State. In the last four years, the price of rice has quintupled from 6,000 Kyats a bag in 2004 to as much as 30,000 Kyats today, an amount equivalent to the monthly salary of entry level public servants. The humanitarian consequences stemming from the dying bamboo and exacerbated by conditions imposed by the regime are enormous, and there are clear indications that unless urgent action is taken to address the crisis, the situation could soon turn into a large-scale catastrophe affecting all parts of Chin State. The hardest hit areas are in the southern townships of Matupi and Paletwa where bamboo grows heavily, but reports suggest that severe food shortages are a state-wide phenomenon with many villages in the northern townships of Tonzang and Thantlang, for example, having already run out of food supplies. Based on the latest field surveys conducted in the affected areas, Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO) estimates that as many as 200 villages may be directly affected by severe food shortages associated with the bamboo flowering, and no less than 100, 000 people or 20 percent of the entire population of Chin State may be in need of immediate food aid.3 Food scarcity is more severe in remote areas, where families are being reduced to one meal a day or have nothing left to eat at all. CHRO recently visited four border villages in India’s Mizoram State where it found 93 families from 22 villages in Paletwa Township, Chin State who fled across the border in search of food. To date, Burma’s State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) has done nothing positive to counter the food scarcity, nor has the SPDC provided any kind of help to communities affected by the food crisis. Repeated requests by affected communities for food aid were denied, even as 100,000 metric tonnes of rice was exported to Sri Lanka.4 Rather, Burma Army soldiers have seized food aid donated by private donors and church groups.5 In contrast to the situation in Burma, India’s Mizoram and Manipur States, both adjacent to Chin State, are facing a similar food crisis related to the bamboo flowering, and have received millions of dollars in aid from the central government as well as international aid agencies, including USAID of the United States government, to support emergency programs to combat and manage the food crisis.6 In early May, when Cyclone Nargis ripped through lower Burma and the Irrawaddy delta destroying entire regions of land and leaving thousands homeless, hungry, and helpless, the regime clearly demonstrated their complete indifference to the plight of the Burmese people. In response to this natural disaster, they did shamefully little to ease the suffering of the victims and much to hamper relief efforts. As a result, the people of Burma paid a heavy price in the loss of life and continue to struggle under a regime that fails to protect or provide for its people. As another natural disaster unfolds in western Burma without hope of internal protections or provisions, the Chin people, like the cyclone victims, will be sure to pay a heavy toll unless action is taken immediately. The critical point for action is now."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
    Format/size: pdf (731K, 640K)
    Alternate URLs: http://www.chro.ca/publications/special-reports.html
    Date of entry/update: 09 July 2008


    Title: Ethnische Minderheiten im Würgegriff
    Date of publication: 01 May 2008
    Description/subject: Die ethnischen Minderheiten stellen rund 30 Prozent der 50 Millionen Bewohner Burmas. Sie leben überwiegend in den Bergregionen an den Grenzen zu den Nachbarländern. Seit 1948 ringen sie um mehr Selbstverwaltung und Menschenrechte. Während sich die internationale Gemeinschaft nun für die Freilassung der bei der Niederschlagung der Proteste in Rangun Festgenommenen einsetzt, nimmt kaum jemand wahr, dass in den Minderheitengebieten seit Jahren schwerste Menschenrechtsverletzungen andauern; Menschenrechtsverletzungen vor und nach 2007; Chin; Karen; Biosprit; Human rights violations before and after 2007; natural ressources, bio-fuels
    Author/creator: Ulrich Delius
    Language: German, Deutsch
    Source/publisher: Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker
    Date of entry/update: 03 May 2008


    Title: Religious Persecution: Ethnocide Against Chin Christians in Burma
    Date of publication: February 2004
    Description/subject: "This report was prepared with the aim of bringing to light the decades-long systematic denial and violation of religious rights of Chin Christians who inhabit Burma's western territory of Chin State or Chinland by the country's ruling military junta known as the State Peace and Development Council. The report is a compilation of more than eight years of field documentation by Chin Human Rights Organization, and is the first comprehensive report by CHRO on the situation of Chin Christians who have been suffering persecutions under Burma's ruling military regime due to their religious and ethnic identity. More than 90 percent of Chin people are Christians. This report reveals that Burma's ruling military regime is systematically persecuting Chin Christians as part of a program to Burmanize the Chin. Despite Burma's complex ethnic composition, the Chin people are a relatively homogenous society. A predominantly Christian State, the Chin today strongly identify themselves with Christianity. And as a prominent Chin scholar puts it "Christianity is the pillar of today's Chin society." As this report reveals, Burma's ruling State Peace and Development Council is committing an act of ethnocide against Chin Christians by trying to destroy the Chin religious and cultural identity..."
    Author/creator: Salai Za Uk Ling & Salai Bawi Lian Mang
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Chin Human Rights Organization
    Format/size: pdf (461K)
    Date of entry/update: 21 May 2004


    Title: Ashes and Tears
    Date of publication: March 2001
    Description/subject: Interviews with Refugees from Burma on Guam, including recent interviews with Chin and Kachin refugees. "During the past year, nearly a thousand refugees from Burma have arrived on the island of Guam, a United States territory in the Pacific Ocean. They are seeking asylum in the US, having fled extraordinary levels of persecution in their homeland. Most are from northern Burma, especially the Chin State... This report consists of interviews with a small cross section of the Guam asylum seekers. It is to some extent representative of their demographics, in terms of ethnicity and gender. The interviewees have given us a great bounty of significant new information and details about recent conditions in Burma... Numerous topics are covered in these 17 interviews. There is front-line information about the AIDS epidemic which is making its grim progress into the remote mountains of Burma, and the efforts to evade the regime’s denial about it..."
    Author/creator: Edith Mirante
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Project Maje
    Format/size: pdf (329K), Text (184K)
    Alternate URLs: http://www.projectmaje.org/txt/guam_rep.txt
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


    Title: All Quiet on the Western Front?
    Date of publication: January 1998
    Description/subject: "This report attempts to illustrate that the primary effect of the Burmese junta's expansion program in north-western Burma has been the complete devastation of countless communities in both Chin State and Sagaing Division. The military's practices of forced labour and extortion have meant that many villagers are no longer able to grow enough food or otherwise earn enough income to support their families. The local people have been impoverished to such an extent that tens of thousands of villagers have fled from this area to India and Bangladesh during the last five years seeking a means of survival..." (from the Executive Summary)
    Author/creator: Chris Lewa
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Images Asia, Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG) , Open Society Inst. (Burma Project)
    Format/size: html (185K)
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


    Title: A Chin Compendium
    Date of publication: September 1997
    Description/subject: 20 articles and reports about the Chin, 1996-97
    Author/creator: Edith Mirante
    Source/publisher: Project Maje
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


    Title: SLORC Orders to Villages: SET 97-A, Chin State
    Date of publication: 16 March 1997
    Description/subject: Following are the direct translations of some written orders sent from SLORC Army units to Chin villages in Chin State, northwestern Burma. Copies of these orders were provided to KHRG by the Chin Human Rights Organisation, which is now actively documenting the human rights situation in Chin State.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group Orders Reports (KHRG #97-04)
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


    Title: SLORC Abuses in Chin State
    Date of publication: 15 March 1997
    Description/subject: The Chin Human Rights Organisation (CHRO) was formed in 1996 to begin independently documenting the human rights situation in Chin State of northwestern Burma. The information in this report was collected by CHRO and translated and organised partly with the assistance of KHRG. We have reproduced it in this form to help give the events in Chin State as wide exposure as possible.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group Regional & Thematic Reports (KHRG #97-03)
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


    Title: Terror Campaign in Chin State
    Date of publication: January 1997
    Description/subject: Bearing the same complaints as ethnic groups in other parts of the country, Chin guerrillas are striking back at military targets. Chin soldiers, once loyal recruits for the Rangoon government, are stepping up their war of resistance against the govenrment in Chin state on the western border of Burma, say residents and aid workers in and near the area.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 5. No. 1
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


    Title: The Situation in Northwestern Burma
    Date of publication: 30 January 1996
    Description/subject: This report contains information about the situation for civilians in Chin State, Arakan State and Sagaing Division of northwestern Burma. Despite the fact that there is little or no fighting in the areas covered by this information, the people in these areas are suffering SLORC human rights abuses which are very similar to those being experienced by villagers and townspeople in war zones at the opposite end of the country. The similarity makes it clear that such abuses are not "isolated occurrences", as some foreign governments and international agencies would have us believe, but systematic SLORC policy. Even in areas where there is no fighting, SLORC continues to send in more Army Battalions to exert direct control over the civilian population. Ten years ago, the 17 townships of Arakan State only contained 10 Army battalions - now every township has at least 3 battalions, and the number continues to increase. Similar increases are occurring in Chin State and Sagaing Division.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group Regional & Thematic Reports (KHRG #96-06)
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


    Title: SLORC Abuses in Chin State
    Date of publication: 15 March 1995
    Description/subject: TOPIC SUMMARY: Torture (Stories #1,2,3), Forced Labour (#1,3), Threatening massacres (#1,2), People fleeing to become refugees (#1,2,3), Unlawful conviction & sentencing (#3), Jail conditions (#3), Death in custody (#3), Interrogation drugs & torture (#3), State stealing of ethnic children (#4), Burmanization & religious persecution (#4).
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group Regional & Thematic Reports (KHRG #95-09)
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003