Reports and books about the Shan State of Burma


Report: License to RapeThe Report ‘License to Rape’ released by the Shan Women’s Action Network (SWAN) and the Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF). It details 173 incidents of rape and other forms of sexual violence, involving 625 girls and women, committed by Burmese army troops in Shan State, mostly between 1996 and 2001.  The report gives clear evidence that rape is officially condoned as a ‘weapon of war’ against the civilian populations in Shan State. The report also explores some of the physical and mental effects of the rapes on the survivors, who suffered not only from the lack of legal redress for the crimes, but also the lack of any crisis support.

The report was published by SWAN in June 2002.

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> License to Rape (English)

> License to Rape (German)



The Tai of the Shan State
by Nel Adams

Sao Noan Oo aka Nel Adams of Lawksawk, a former princely state in today’s Shan State writes about the Shan people, their history and traditions and their present day situation.

> The Tai of the Shan State (English)

> The Tai of the Shan State (German)

Dispelling the Myths
A brief background paper by Shan Women’s Action Network (SWAN) providing facts to counter nine common myths about the Shan refugees in Thailand.

The paper was published by SWAN in September 2003.

> Dispelling the Myths (English)

> Dispelling the Myths (German)



Forbidden Glimpses of Shan StateA guidebook giving tourists an alternative view of Shan State by providing a pictorial exposé of the deliberate neglect, destruction and reinvention of local cultural and historical sites.

Published by SWAN in November 2009.

> Forbidden Glimpses of Shan State (English)

Poppy fields in BurmaBurma’s military government pretends to be  launching a drug eradication program in the country. But the campaign is just a charade according to a report titled  “Show Business”, an investigative analysis of Rangoon’s ‘war on drugs’ in Shan State. The report was published by the Thailand-based Shan Herald Agency for News (SHAN).

Published by SHAN in December 2003.

 > Show Business – “War on Drugs” (English)

> Show Business – “War on Drugs” (German)