Pu Lian Uk

Member of Parliament (Elected 1990)
Chairman – The Chin Forum

Pu Lian Uk is an elected Member of Parliament of the 1990 General election in Burma as an independent. He was also a former Secretary of Chin Literature and Culture Sub-committee, of the Rangoon University during his student life. He is a former political prisoner in Burma for leading the Chin federal movement of the 1970s and for submitting the “Proposals from Chin Youth” to the military regime demanding federalism for the Union of Burma. He is one of the founding members of the CHIN FORUM and is presently residing in the USA.


Salai Kipp Kho Lian
Co-ordinator – The Chin Forum

Salai Kipp Kho Lian, one of the founding members of the Chin Forum was born in Meiktila, Burma. While studying Architecture at the Rangoon Institute of Technology he was detained by the Burmese military junta in 1972 for 13 months for taking part as a signatory of the Proposal of Chin Youth demanding Federal Democracy System for the country. In 1974 he took part during the U Thant funeral Strike and was arrested again along with 10,000 other demonstrators inside the Rangoon University campus. He took part actively in organizing the Thakhin Ko Daw Hmaing Centennial Strike in 1976. He eventually fled to Germany in 1986 and was granted political asylum by the German authority in 1989. Since arriving Germany he played vital roles in the formations of Burma Büro (Köln), European Burmese Association (Hamburg), Chin Community (Germany), Chin Forum (Ottawa) etc. During the Chin Forum Managing Board meetings at Frankfurt am Main in Germany on 17-19 July he was unanimously elected by the Board as the Coordinator. He is residing at Hamburg, Germany since 1986.


Victor Biak Lian
Facilitator – Human Resource
The Chin Forum

Victor Biak Lian, one of the founders of the Chin Forum, was born in Hakha, Chin State, Burma. He studied at Rangoon University from 1982-88 and participated nationwide pro-democracy movement. He joined the Chin National Front in from 1988-1992 and lived in Delhi, India from 1992-1997. He was elected for the Secretary of the Chin Forum from 1998 to 2006. He is one of the Board of Directors of the Chin Human Rights Organization. Currently, he is Project Officer of National Reconciliation Program, Board of Directors of Chin Human Rights Organization, and one of the members of Ethnic Nationalities Council’s Strategic Studies Committee.


Pu Thang Nang Lian Thang
Facilitator – Communication
The Chin Forum

Pu Thang Nang Lian Thang, one of the Chin Forum Managing Board Members was born in Tedim, Chin State, Burma. He was Vice-Chairman of the Zomi Siamsin Pawlpi; General Secretary of the Chin Literature and Cultural Committee; Joint Secretary of the Central Executive Committee of Nationalities Literature and Cultural Committee (Universities – Rangoon); one of the 11 leaders from the Philosophy Department involved during the U Thant Strike in 1974; member of the Chin Social Association (Greater Rangoon) which led the Chin National Day celebration as the General Secretary of the Celebration Committee in 1977 in the midst of the military junta’s ultimatum in objection; received his MA in Philosophy from Rangoon Arts and Science University and was Revenue Officer and later promoted to Assistant Deputy Director of the Internal Revenue Department in Rangoon. He actively involved during the nation wide democracy uprisings and was one of the founders and Chairman of Chin National Union (which was later defunct); and also one of the founders of Chin National League for Democracy; and Zomi National Congress. Currently, he is Chairperson and founder of Chin National Community – Japan (CNC-Japan) and Chairperson of the Association of United Nationalities in Japan (AUN-Japan). Together with his wife, Man Ngaih Hau, publishes of monthly bulletin known as Myanmar Christian Bulletin. He is a steering committee member of the People Forum of Burma (PFB) in Japan.


Dr. Za Hlei Thang
Member of Parliament (Elected 1990)
Memmber – The Chin Forum

Dr. Za Hlei Thang, a physician, is an elected Member of Parliament of the 1990 General election in Burma under the ticket of Chin National League for Democracy. He is a former political prisoner in Burma for his involvement in the Chin Federal movement during the 1970s and for being a signatory of the Proposal of the Chin Youth”. He persuaded the legendary student leader and martyr Salai Tin Maung Oo (hanged by the military regime in 1976) to take charge of the Chin students movement. He is one of the founding members of the CHIN FORUM and is presently residing in the USA.


Bianca Son Suantak (Mai Mang Khan Cing)
Member – The Chin Forum

Bianca Son Suantak (Mai Mang Khan Cing), one of the Chin Forum Managing Board members, was born in the former East Germany to her Sizang(Zo) father and German mother. The family later returned to Burma and eventually ended up in the United States. She received a BA from the University of Maryland in Psychology and attended graduate school in Mass Communication at the University of Arizona where she focused on HIV/AIDS prevention campaigns. She spent five years in Korea working for an education-oriented NGO.  She also spent two years working for P&G, Korea as a foreign consultant. While in Korea, she hosted a television quiz show and a weekly radio show.  She also performed the Vagina Monologues for the foreign community in East Asia to raise money and awareness to stop violence against women and girls. She attended the first Chin National Assembly, held in Mt. Sinai,  Manipur in 2006. Bianca has just completed her Master’s in Contemporary Asian Studies at the University of Amsterdam.  She now lives in London where she studying for her PhD in the department of History at the School for Oriental and African Studies at the University of London; her focus is Zo History.


Dr. Lian H. Sakhong Ph.D.
Member – The Chin Forum

Dr. Lian H. Sakhong is General Secretary of United Nationalities League for Democracy -Liberated Areas (UNLD-LA) and of Ethnic Nationalities Council – Union of Burma (ENC). He was post-graduate student at History Department in Rangoon University when student-led democracy movement erupted in 1988. He quickly joined the movement and was arrested, interrogated and even tortured by military junta for three separate occasions between 1988 and 1990. He fled from his country in 1990 and resettled in Sweden since 1991. He has published numerous articles on Chin history, traditions and politics in Burma, including his Ph.D. dissertation: Religion and Politics among the Chin People  in Burma (Uppsala University, 2000) and his book, In Search of Chin Identity: A Study in Religion, Politics and Ethnic Identity in Burma (Copenhagen: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, 2003). He also edited a series of ten books under the title of Peaceful-coexistence: Towards Federal Union of Burma (Chiang Mai: UNLD Press, between 1999 and 2006).   He is one of the main drafters of Federal Constitution of the Union of Burma, and Secretary of Federal Constitution Drafting and Coordinating Committee (FCDCC), and Coordinator of State Constitutions Drafting Process since 2001.


Dr. Ro Ding
Member – The Chin Forum

Dr. Ro Dinga, one of the founding members of the Chin Forum was born in Falam, Chin State. He attended Mandalay Regional Collage in 1980-1982. From 1982 to 1987, he attended at Institute of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science, Rangoon/Yesin and earned B.V.S. degree in 1997. He served as  Secretary of Chin Literature and Culture Sub-committee in 1985-86 at  Veterinary, Agriculture and Forest Collages in Yesin. He established private Veterinary Clinic in rural areas of Kalaymyo in 1987-1996. He participated in 8888 uprising and became one of the founders of National League for Democracy Party in Kalaymyo. He escaped to India in 1996 after his father U Do Thawng, an elected Member of Parliament in 1990 election and his brother were arrested by the then Military Intelligent Services. He joined National League for Democracy (Liberated Area) and served as Central Committee Member from 1996 to present. He also served Secretary of National Council of the Union of Burma (Western Region) from 1998 to 2004. He also charged the Democratic Voice of Burma (Chin program) in 1997 to 2004. He is pursuing Master of Arts in Political Science at Ball State University.


Dr. Sui Khar
Member
The Chin Forum


Prof. David C. Williams
Consultant of Chin Forum

Prof. David C. Williams, constitutional adviser and consultant of the Chin Forum received his B.A., in 1982 from Haverford College; and his J.D., 1985, Harvard University, Board of Editors, Harvard Law Review. Law Clerk, Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1985-86. Cornell Law School, 1989-93. A noted constitutional law scholar, Professor Williams has written numerous articles in major journals throughout the country. He is a popular lecturer on Native American people and on the Second Amendment. Winner of the Wallace Teaching Award, Professor Williams teaches Constitutional Law and Native American Law. In recent years, his research has focused on two aspects of constitutional law: the right of Native American tribes to self-government within the American constitutional system, and the alleged constitutional right of the people to keep and bear arms in order to make revolution against government. These two seemingly unrelated topics raise the common theme of examining the possibility of popular government outside the normal channels of state and federal elections, and more specifically the claimed right of an “organic” people to resist the encroachment of an “alien” government. Since 2003, he has been directing the Center for Constitutional Democracy in Plural Societies at Indiana University School of Law. Professor Williams’s book The Mythic Meanings of the Second Amendment: Taming Political Violence in a Constitutional Republic, has recently been published by Yale University Press.