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Namkham farmers’ protest highlights urgent needfor moratorium on resource extraction during peace process

Mining waste clogging the Nam Siri Stream front

The anti-mining protest by over 3,000 villagers in Namkham, northern Shan State, on September 5, 2014, highlights the lack of protection against damaging mining, and the urgent need for a moratorium on resource extraction in ethnic areas until there isgenuine political reform and peace in Burma.

Since 2012, six companies have been mining silica inthe hills south-east of Namkham for export to
China. Large amounts of mining waste have been dumped in the Nam Siri Stream, which nine villages rely on for farming as well as domestic use. Thishas polluted and clogged the stream, causing it to overflow into nearby fields, destroying crops, irrigation channels and weirs. At least 100 acres of fields have been destroyed so far.

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Open Letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

- Open Letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry - PangLong.org

- SWAN’s spoke person Ying Harn Fha was interviewed by DVB about current political situation in Shan State’s Burma. - Youtube.com

Shan Community Groups Call on United States to Pressure Burma Government to Halt Military Attacks in Shan State - KarenNews.org

- ရှမ်းမြောက်တွင် ထိုးစစ်ရပ်ရေး ကန်နိုင်ငံခြားရေးဝန်ကြီးက အစိုးရအား တိုက်တွန်းရန် ရှမ်းအဖွဲ့အစည်းများ တောင်းဆို - Mizzzima

- အမေရိကန်နိုင်ငံခြားရေးဝန်ကြီး ဂျွန်ကယ်ရီထံသို့ အိတ်ဖွင့်ပေးစာ - Youtube.com

- မြန်မာအစိုးရနဲ့ စစ်ရေးပူးပေါင်းမှု မလုပ်ဖို့ ဂျွန်ကယ်ရီကို အိတ်ဖွင့်ပေးစာပေးပို့ - Youtube.com

- ရှမ်း လူမှုအခြေပြုအဖွဲ့စည်းများ ဂျွန်ကယ်ရီထံ အိတ်ဖွင့်စာပေး - blog.irrawaddy.org

- မြန်မာနှင့်စစ်ရေး မပူးပေါင်းရန် ဂျွန်ကယ်ရီကို တောင်းဆို - DVB

ကယ်ရီ့ကို ရှမ်းအဖွဲ့တွေ အိတ်ဖွင့်စာ ပို့ - BBC

Open Letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

Shan Community Based Organizations

August 7, 2014

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