Some natives consider Burma to be a negative reminder of colonization.
However, many others argue that Myanmar (Republic of the Union of Myanmar), is a title chosen by an authoritative government and exclusive of the country’s ethnic nations.
This area has a long history of the ceaseless migrations of the Shan and other ethnic groups; the flow of people has continued even after the border demarcation in the early 20th century.
Recently, we could find two contradictory processes- a rigid border control by the state administration and a fluid border crossing of people, goods and information.
A was formed by a group of senior monks as a response to the severe economic and social problems existing in Burma in 2007. Since that time there has been less media attention to the ongoing problems in Burma. Groups of exiled monks are also living in refugee status in various cities around the United States, supported by our monastery in Utica, New York.
The peaceful marches, demonstrations and rallies led by the saffron-robed monks were ultimately met by violent reactions of the Burmese military regime.
This site carries a German translations of the important SWAN/SHRF reports, "License to Rape" - "Lizenz zur Vergewaltigung", plus a couple of related articles, and will no doubt have more in the future." This is an open discussion forum of "Nationalities of Shan State".The abundance of languages, dress, and customs makes it difficult to differentiate between these culturally diverse lands.The following guidelines will help volunteers in Myanmar to show consideration and avoid offense.The Karen, pronounced Kah- Ren (emphasis on the second syllable), are indigenous to the Thailand-Burma border region in Southeast Asia and are one of the many ethnic groups in Burma.There are Karen people throughout the country presently known as Burma or Myanmar.Moving forward with President Thein Sein’s public reforms, most other countries accept the latter name.Members of various ethnic groups tend to prefer the previous name.* To restore Federal Democracy in Burma as well as self-determination in Shan State.* To promote Nationalities of Shan State in any ground in order to equalize with other Nationalities of Burma.Some went into hiding inside Burma, and others left Burma as refugees. Exiled Burmese monks living in Thailand, India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka are supported by the A. * To support and expand the existing educational programs for both monks and needy families inside Burma.We are trying to procure assistance for educational facilities, schools and training programs for the monks and needy families inside Burma."Mission Statement background Burmese monks from all around the world established the International Burmese Monks Organization (IBMO) in October 2007 under the leadership of two prominent Burmese Buddhist monks, the late Venerable U Kovida and Venerable U Pannya Vamsa.