The social history of the Union of Myanmar (Burma)

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The women's struggle in Burma
Green Left Weekly, 2 March 1997. Interview with Thet Thet Lwin. Women's struggle in Burma since the 1988 uprising, the All Burma Students' Democratic Front, the Burmese Women's Union in the Shan State area on the Chinese border, the housewives association, border camps, and support for the NLD democracy movement.
Two views on women's rights in Burma
From, 7 July 2000. In January 2000, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) met to consider Burma's initial report to the Committee. The Committee expressed concern at the absence of an enabling environment in Myanmar to ensure the full implementation of the Convention, and it is concerned about human, rights violations of women, in particular by military personnel.
Ethnic Chin from Myanmar
Amnesty International Urgent Action Bulletin, 8 August 2000. Scores of ethnic Chin are reported to have been forcibly returned to Myanmar from the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram, and handed over to the Myanmar armed forces.
10 die in Myanmar communal clashes
DAWN, Thursday 24 May 2001. Fighting between Muslim and Buddhist residents broke out in Taungdwingyi town in upper Myanmar, the latest in a spate of religious clashes.
Burma faces Aids explosion
By Larry Jagan, BBC News, Tuesday, 25 September, 2001. Burma is facing an Aids epidemic that will soon eclipse the worst situation in Africa. The explosion of the disease in Shan state is even more frightening.
Myanmar army has 70,000 child-soldiers
Associate Press, The Straits Times, 17 October 2002. Myanmar's army has an estimated 70,000 soldiers under 18 years of age, the largest number of child soldiers in the world, Human Rights Watch said in a report.
Burma accused on forced labour
BBC News, Wednesday, 7 September 2005. Tens of thousands of ethnic minority civilians in Burma are being used as forced labourers by the military, according to Amnesty International.