The situation of violence in Myanmar continues to occur in all areas. The junta's war against minorities has had a profound effect on women and children. Shan Women’s Action Network (SWAN)'s Briefing Paper covers the overall situation as well as the situation of IDPs, humanitarian crisis, and sexual gender-based violence in Shan State from May to June 2022. Most of the incidents are cases of sexual violence and sexual coercion. Moreover, there are also reports of child rape and child sexual coercion incidents. This report highlights the importance of protecting civilians and resolving the current crisis in Myanmar.
In another part of Myanmar, the Chin Human Rights Organization published a report on similar issues, called “Collective Punishment: Implementation of ‘Four Cuts’”. This report is based on 34 interviews conducted by CHRO in the Mindat area of Chin State between December 2021 and January 2022. Those interviewed include survivors of and eyewitnesses to human rights violations, internally displaced persons, religious leaders, humanitarian workers and camp management committee members.
Three years after the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy dam collapse on 23 July 2018 in Laos, survivors remain in cramped temporary shelters and suffer from lack of access to sufficient food, lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation, and dangerous housing circumstances, which were even exacerbated by the COVID-19 containment and lockdown orders issued by the government in 2020-2021. This report by Manushya Foundation documents the challenges faced by survivors, including insufficient support despite promises from the government and PNPC of a recovery plan to compensate for the loss of life, livelihood, and property. The report outlines the extent to which the government of Lao PDR and private companies involved in the project have intervened in assisting affected populations in the aftermath of the disaster. The report will summarize information regarding the populations impacted by this disaster, the ongoing recovery efforts by the perpetrators of the disaster, and the shortcomings of these efforts.
This new article from researchers at Khon Kaen University delves into the use and the transfer of the local people’s traditional beliefs in supernatural beings for environmental conservation in Bueng Khong Long Wetland. This study explores an alternative approach to environmental conservation based on the traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) of residents and using Ethnoscience and human ecology knowledge in the analysis. Traditional beliefs in the existence of supernatural beings are an alternative approach for inhabitants living in close to nature to protect and sustain natural resources.