PAN KACHIN MADE CLOSED
KNG Correspondent (Chiangmai)
Kachin News Group
The central committee of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO)
held a meeting on 26 to 28 January 2004 in their headquarter, Laisin
and the decision has been made to close Pan Kachin Development Society
(PKDS) and its related offices. Currently, Pan Kachin has several
projects including Environment, HIV, Buffalo, Sewing Project etc.
Pan Kachin College in Mai Ja Yang will also be renamed as Economics
Education and Computer (EEC). The college, established on 16 October
1999, has more than two hundred students and fifteen teachers engage
in English and Computer trainings.
Pan Kachin Development Society was formed by Kachin Scholars and
businessmen on June 11, 1994 in Chiangmai, Thailand. Its principal
purpose was to help establish pilot project for basic education
and healthcare in KIO (Kachin Independence Organization) jurisdiction
of Kachin State in war-torn Burma. Additionally, it was to help
revive Kachin culture and language in Yunan Province of People's
Republic of China and Arunachal Preadesh and Assam of Republic of
India. On June 25, 1996 Pan Kachin was incorporated in Dallas, Texas,
USA as non-profit organization in pursuit of the objectives.
The primary aim of the organization was to foster a fraternal bond
among its people In order to address civic responsibilities that
were neglected due to prolonged civil war. From the inception of
the organization, care was exercised not to become another opportunist
NGO and at the same time neither to engage in politics nor to become
a competitor to existing organizations.
Pan Kachin’s immediate attention was to turned to the KIO
ndependence Organization) Area as the stating base for civic engagement.
The KIO leadership which signed cease fire agreement with the SLORC
(State Law and Order Restoration Council-the military junta) in
February 1994, accommodated Pan Kachin as a corollary partner in
the initial stage of reconstruction.
This decision was taken after submitting report of an inquiry commission
set by the KIO to study on "coup attempt over KIO leaders".
KIO accused the Chairman of the PKDS, Bawmwang La Raw, involving
in the coup attempt with his close associate Col. La Sang Awng Wah.
Vice Chairman, Maj. Gen.Tsam Yan and three more Majors of the KIO
were terminated from their positions and put them in the jail, including
a pastor of Nawng-e-hku Church, Rev Doi La.
Bawmwang La Raw and representatives from all over Kachin State hold
general meeting with the KIO Central Committees at Chairman Gen.
La Mung Tu Jai's residence on 08 January 2004 in Laisin. They discussed
on current situation of Burma, especially focused on the Kachin
people, who suffer due to cease-fire made between KIO and the SLORC,
now the State and Peace Development Council (SPDC). Meanwhile, some
delegates suggested to disposition few KIO leaders. The controversy
began from the meeting.
Pan Kachin students, teachers and staff around the world express
their mourn surprise over the KIO's decision. Some feel that the
decision made by the KIO violates international human rights. However,
we have to watch out how the KIO will take the responsibilities
to find alternate ways for them.