The Chronology of Events (1998-2016)

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CHIN FORUM Chronology of Events

Prologue: The CHIN FORUM is not a political, social or religious organization.  It is not a part or a branch of any active political organizations of the Chins. It is a common Platform, from which any Chin individual can exchange his or her knowledge, capacities, skills and expertise with other fellow compatriots impartially and independently. It is a “Forum” for promoting the common NATIONAL INTERESTS of the Chin people. There is no place in the CHIN FORUM for promoting any individual, organizational or local interests.

The CHIN FORUM’s activities include organizing seminars, conferences and publishing books. It also disseminates and spreads information through various training programs.  The FORUM also initiates group discussions that are conducive to the development and consolidation of the notions of civil liberty and democracy for the Burmese people as a whole.

1998 April- May – The CHIN FORUM was founded by the First Chin Seminar in Ottawa, Canada. The First Chin Seminar, initiated by Dr. Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong and organized by the Chin National Front, was held on April 29 to May 2, 1998 with the aims to promote unity among all the Chin democratic forces. The said Seminar, sponsored by the Euro-Burma Office (EBO), was attended by 17 Chin compatriots including elected MPs, intellectuals, and freedom fighters inside and outside of Chin State of Burma. All the participants of the Chin Seminar agreed to form the CHIN FORUM and implement various working groups, namely :

  1. Constitution Drafting Working Group (WG I)
  2. Information and Communication Working Group (WGII)
  3. Education Working Group (WG III) and later expanded the number of working groups to
  4. Economics and Data Collection Working Group (WG IV)
  5. Health Working Group (WG V) and
  6. Historical Research and Preservation Working Group (WGVI)

A Convener and Co-conveners were selected for each working group. All the working groups executed their respective assignments according to the program and the policy laid out by the Chin Forum Management Board (CFMB). Information and Communication Working Group, the Education Working Group and the Constitution Drafting Working Group executed their assignment very well. But the Economics and Data Collecting WG, Health WG and Historical Research and Preservation WG could not execute their respective programs due to lack of available sponsorships.

The Constitution Drafting Working Group effectively carried out its tasks assigned by the CFMB during the Chin Seminar. The success of this WG I is attributed to the generous sponsorship from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). The Draft Constitution of Chinland ignited the first wave of the Chin Federal Movement in exile to unify all Chin democratic forces.

A Convener and Co-conveners were selected for each working group. All the working groups executed their respective assignments according to the program and the policy laid out by the Chin Forum Management Board (CFMB). Information and Communication Working Group, the Education Working Group and the Constitution Drafting Working Group executed their assignment very well. But the Economics and Data Collecting WG, Health WG and Historical Research and Preservation WG could not execute their respective programs due to lack of available sponsorships.

The Constitution Drafting Working Group effectively carried out its tasks assigned by the CFMB during the Chin Seminar. The success of this WG I is attributed to the generous sponsorship from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). The Draft Constitution of Chinland ignited the first wave of the Chin Federal Movement in exile to unify all Chin democratic forces.

1999 – English for Chins in the 21st. Century project was initiated by the CHIN FORUM with the financial support of the Open Society Institute (OSI), Burma Project. The project was implemented at eight centers in Chin State and English was taught to young Chins for several years assisting and preparing for them in their pursuit of higher learning abroad.

2000 April – The Second Chin Seminar, sponsored by the National Reconciliation Project and attended by 95 Chin delegations from Mizoram, New Delhi, Europe, USA and Australia was successfully held in New Delhi, India from April 4-8, 2000. CFMB members like Pu Mang Bur, Dr. Za Hlei Thang, Salai Kipp Kho Lian and Salai Nilian actively participated in the Seminar. For the first time the CHIN FORUM presented the SECOND Initial Draft  of Principle Guidelines for the future Constitution of Chinland to the general public of about 200 participants during this Second Chin Seminar. The participants were made up of individuals and members of Chin political and social organizations belonging to all tribes and regions of Chin State. Based on the input during the Seminar the CFWGI was assigned to prepare the THIRD Draft. During the Seminar Dr. Salai Pa Cin, Salai Kee Lee Awm and Salai Cang Peng were inducted as new members of the CFMB.

2001  August– Pu Lian Uk, Convener of the Working Group (I) and Dr. Salai Ngun Cung  Lian, Co-convener of the Working Group (I) attended the State Constitution Seminar held by the National Democratic Front and United Nationalities League for Democracy, sponsored by National Reconciliation Program in Chiang Mai, Thailand in August 20-26, 2001. Pu Lian Uk and Dr. Salai Ngun Cung Lian distributed the SECOND Initial Draft of Principle Guidelines for the future Constitution of Chinland at the request of the Seminar and explained its process and its contents at a special session. The drafting process and the contents of the Chinland Constitution were thus widely credited by Karens, Kachins, Mons, Arakans, Shans, Karennis and Burmans.

2002 January – With the assistances of the Department of States – USA, the National Endowment for Democracy and the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, the Chin Forum Working Group (I) Round Table Constitution Consultative Meeting was held in Washington D.C. on January 15-22, 2002. The meeting took place at the Chin Baptist Mission Church in Washington D.C. and was attended by Pu Lian Uk, Dr. Vumson Suantak, Dr. Za Hlei Thang, Dr. Lian Hmung Sakhong, Salai Ni Lian, Dr. Chum Awi, Dr. Salai Ngun Cung Lian, Dr. Roding, Pi Dawt Chin , among others. Louisa Coan of the NED was also present as an observer.

The Round Table Meeting thoroughly reviewed the FIRST and SECOND Initial Drafts of the Constitution of Chinland and gathered inputs for the THIRD Draft.  Once the THIRD DRAFT was prepared in its complete form it was to be submitted to a public Seminar to collect further feedback. The Meeting considered that the Chinland Constitution drafting process had reached a mature stage and it was decided to hire a constitutional law expert to review the draft. Consequently Dr. Salai Ngun Cung Lian informed us that Professor David Williams of John S. Hastings,   Professors of Law, from the Law School of Bloomington, Indiana University accepted our request to assist us as our legal advisor in Constitutional Law without charging us commercial fees.

2002 November- The State Constitution Seminar held in November 1-5, 2002 New Delhi, India was attended by Conveners of the Chin Forum Working Group (I) such as Pu Lian Uk, Dr. Vumson Suantak and Dr. Salai Ngun Cung Lian with the active participations of the following CFMB members: Dr. Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong, Victor Biak Lian and Salai Kipp Kho Lian. The Seminar was jointly sponsored by International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.  The State Constitution Drafting Committee was attended by various Chin political and social organizations, including leaders from the Chin National Front (CNF) and Kuki organization, etc. Beside those other organizations and individuals belonging to the ethnic groups of Shan, Kachin, Naga, Burman and Arakanese also attended the Seminar. The THIRD Initial Draft of the Constitution of Chinland was presented to the general public by the CHIN FORUM to gather feedback and provoke discussions and debates. More than 200 participants took part in the fruitful discussions which became the basis for preparing for the FOURTH Draft.

The State Constitution Seminar was held in Chiang Mai and was attended by Victor Biak Lian (Secretary), Pu Lian Uk (Convener) and Dr. Salai Ngun Cung Lian (Co-convener) of the Chin Forum Working Group (I).

2002 November – Federalism and Local Self-Government in Germany, Burmese – German Dialogue held in Berlin on November 25-26 was attended by CFMB member Dr. Vumson Suantak representing the Chin. Other CFMB members like Dr. Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong and Salai Kipp Kho Lian also took active parts during the Conference. The Conference was also attended by various delegations of Shan, Pa-O, Karenni, Kachin and Burman, which included, among others, delegations of NCGUB, NLD (LA).

2003 June – As already agreed in January 2002 (see above) the Chinland Constitution Consultative Meeting was held in the Indiana University School of Law Faculty Conference room on June 8, 2003, and attended by Prof. David C. Williams, consultant of the CFWG (I) and Pu Lian Uk, Dr. Za Hlei Thang, Dr. Vumson Suantak, Salai Victor Biak Lian, Salai Ni Lian, Salai Hre Mang, and Dr. Salai Ngun Cung Lian. The Constitution Consultative meeting at IU School of Law – Bloomington prepared the ground works for the publication of the FOURTH Initial Draft of the Constitution of Chinland.

2004 April – The Fourth Draft of Chinland Constitution was officially presented at the Chin Consensus Building Seminar, held at Camp Victoria, General Head Quarters of the Chin National Front. Around a hundred delegates from various Chin civil society groups, political parties such as CNF, ZNC, CNLD, MPP, civic societies of youth and women groups attended the Seminar. Dr. Vumson Suantak, Dr. Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong, Salai Kee Lee Awm, Dr. Sui Khar, Dr. Roding and Victor Biak Lian of the CHIN FORUM attended the Seminar. The FOURTH Initial Draft of the Constitution of Chinland was approved during the Chin Consensus Building Seminar.

(NOTE: The CHIN FORUM played a major role in bringing all the Chin organizations and groups to work together for a common cause. The successful formation of the Political Affairs Committee of Chinland (PACC)* during this Consensus Building Seminar that  united all Chin organizations – also coincided with the CHIN FORUM’s constitution drafting process reaching its mature stage – the FOURTH Draft. ).

2005 September – A one day consultation was held on the FOURTH Initial Draft of the Constitution of Chinland again at Bloomington University, School of Law, between our consultant Professors David and Susan Williams with the Chin Forum Management Body and later a CFMB meeting was held in Indianapolis. It was the last time Dr. Vumson Suantak participated; he passed away just days after this consultation.

2005 November – The 5th State Constitution Seminar, which was organized by the Supporting Committee for Sate Constitution (SCSC) sponsored by NRP, and was held in Chiang Mai from November 15 – 17, 2005. Three representatives from each of the constitution Drafting Committee from the seven States of the Union of Burma such as Chin, Kachin, Karen, Karenni, Mon, Rakhine and Shan as well as three representatives from the Burman Constitution Study group attended the Seminar. Pu Lian Uk, Dr. Run Bik, Dr. Sui Khar and Victor Biak Lian also attended the meeting.

2005 December – The Federal Constitution Drafting & Coordinating Committee (FCDCC)** Workshop  was held from December 9 – 16, 2005. It discussed the Draft of the Future Constitution of the Federal Union of Burma which was drafted by the FCDCC. The FCDCC members and one Representative from each Constitution Drafting Committee of all States as well as the Burmans Constitution Study Group attended the Workshop with a Constitution Drafting Technical Advisory Team (TAT) led by Professor David Williams. Dr. Salai Ngun Cung Lian, Co-Convener of the CHIN FORUM Working Group (I), was one of them.

2006 July – The Chin Forum held its 3rd Managing Board meeting in Frankfurt am Main, Germany from July 17 – 19, 2006. Eight members of the Chin Forum Managing Board from Germany, Thailand, United States, Sweden and India were in attendance. The meeting discussed and reviewed the Chin Forum’s projects and undertakings for the past eight years, as well as laid down future plans. More significantly, the Forum’s structure and operational scope were reformed and redefined. Victor Biak Lian, the Secretary of the CFMB was replaced by Salai Kipp Kho Lian to become the Coordinator of the Board. The Board meeting also inducted two new members: Pu Nang Lian Thang (Japan) and Pi Bianca Son Suantak (Mang Khan Cing).

The Chin Forum also held a series of public consultative meetings in Germany, Norway and Denmark to collect comments and suggestions from Chin communities in Europe towards the development of the FIFTH DRAFT of the Chinland Constitution.

2007 January – A series of consultation on the FOURTH Initial Draft of the Constitution of Chinland were held in New Zealand and Australia with the Chin Communities in those countries.

2007 July – A Federal Constitution Drafting and Coordinating Committee Seminar was held in Thailand and was attended by the members of the Chin Forum Managing Board and the Chin National Council Constitutional Affairs Committee. After the above-mentioned Seminar, the CFMB and the CNC- CAC members had a two day long Chinland Constitution consultation with Professors David and Susan Williams with David Hamilton. Participants in these consultations were CFMB Coordinator Salai Kipp Kho Lian, CFMB members Dr. Sui Khar, Pu Lian Uk (MP), Pu Nang Lian Thang and Dr. Salai Ngun Cung Lian and members of the CNC – CAC such as Pu Khua Uk Lian, Pu Thang Len Piang and Pu Lalramlawma, among others. Feedbacks and inputs were collected during this consultation, for the eventual preparation of the FIFTH DRAFT of the Chinland Constitution.

2007 October – The Chin Forum and the Chin National Council conducted the Advance Constitutional Training for Trainers in Aizawl, Mizoram from October 15-20, 2007. Over 40 Chin individuals from inside and outside Chinland attended the training. Dr. Salai Ngun Cung Lian, a member of Chin Forum Managing Board and Research Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Democracy in Plural Societies at Indiana University School of Law lectured the training.

2008 April – The CHIN FORUM  in close cooperation with the Chin National Council and Chin Human Rights Organization conducted trainings and launched a “Vote NO” campaign in Chin State in response to the Military Regime’s referendum planned for May 10, 2008. The referendum result was an overwhelming “NO” to the SPDC’s drafted Constitution although the military junta rigged the voting result.

2008 September – The CHIN FORUM Magazine commemorating its Tenth Anniversary and was published. At the same time the FIFTH Initial Draft of the Chinland Constitution was also published.

Note: Victor Biak Lian, who had served as Secretary of the Chin Forum Managing Board (1998-2006) had continuously held a series of consultation and explanations on the FOURTH Initial Draft of the Chinland Constitution in the USA, Canada, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, UK, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand and India to members of the local Chin communities. Apart from that the process of drafting the Chinland Constitution, it has been updated and reported regularly via CHIN FORUM INFORMATION SERVICE and on the CHIN FORUM webpage (www.chinforum.org) for over a decade. [Note: Our webpage domain was now changed to www.chinforum.info as of 2013].

Inspired by the Chin Federal Movement in the exiles, other ethnic nationalities adopted the FOURTH Initial Draft of the Chinland Constitution as a model for a State Constitution and followed suit by drafting their own State Constitutions. This in turn paved the way for a cooperative atmosphere for drafting together, with other Burman-led democratic forces, a Constitution for the future Federal Republic of  the Union of Burma.

2008 October An International Chin Seminar titled ‘Exploring the history, culture and identity of the Chin people’ was held at Chaltlang Tourist Lodge in Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram State, India. The three-day seminar (13-15 October 2008) was jointly initiated by the CHIN FORUM and the CNC and organized by Mizoram University. Presentations and discussions on the Chin history, culture and identity were conducted. More than 150 Chin/ Mizo/ Kuki and other international scholars, including the USA, Canada, Thailand, India, Burma and Europe participated. A total of 36 scholarly papers on Chin related topics were presented during the seminar.   Professor A.N. Rai, Vice Chancellor of Mizoram University, inaugurated the program and the introductory speech was given by Coordinator of the seminar, Dr. K. Robin of the History and Ethnology Department. The keynote address was delivered by Professor J.L. Dawar. The event was sponsored by the Euro-Burma Office.

The Euro-Burma Office Research Director and Chairman of the Chin National Council, Dr. Lian Hmung Sakhong, gave a speech on behalf of the Euro-Burma Office (EBO) and Salai Kipp Kho Lian, CHIN FORUM Coordinator, spoke on behalf of the Chin National Council.

 

The Mizoram University published all the papers presented at the seminar in a book form.  

                                                                                                                                                                                            2009 / 2010 – The CHIN FORUM conducted a cross-border political training to 11 Chin students and 10 members of the Chin National Council in Aizawl, Mizoram. The student trainees were from various universities inside Burma. The trainees further disseminated their newly acquired knowledge to the other Chin students in their respective universities and also to the grass root organizations in Chin State and surrounding areas. The project was funded by our traditional donor, the National Endowment for Democracy. The contents of the training were the basic principles of democracy, establishing and strengthening civil society organizations, political strategy and tactics, among others. The trainers were Dr. Andrew Ngun Cung Lian, Pu Lian Uk and Pu Nang Lian Thang of the CHIN FORUM. This training was part of the FORUM’s long range strategy intended to empower the Chin people with a comprehensive knowledge of democracy.

The CHIN FORUM launches a website www.vansangva.com in March 2010 as its Online Democracy Training which is complementary to its cross-border training while serving as a communication portal with Chin student trainees inside the country. Even though the web site was initially meant for Chin students, it was launched for a wider public in responds to advice from students inside the country. The web site gained a wide spread acceptance as it attracts the attention of other Burmese political activists inside and outside Burma. Thomas Khaipi and Salai Hau Khan Cin serve as the IT Consultant / Web Developer for the Vansangva Online Democracy Training. Salai Kipp Kho Lian is the author (blogger) of the web contents while U Khin Maung Saw helps as an editor and all members of the CFMB assist the production of the web contents as consultants.

2010/ 2011 – The CHIN FORUM conducted a cross-border political training to 10 Chin students in Shillong, Meghalaya State in India. The training was funded by the NED, as usual, and the content is heavily based on the Vansangva Online Democracy Training among others like Strategy, SWOT Analysis and Introduction to Rural Wireless Communication Network etc (lecture by Thomas Khaipi via Internet). The trainers were Salai Kipp Kho Lian and Victor Biak Lian. The student trainees further disseminated their newly acquired knowledge to other students and to the people at the grass-root level inside the country.

2011/ 2012  The NED continues to sponsor the Vansangva democracy awareness campaign of the CHIN FORUM. The CFMB members namely Salai Kipp Kho Lian and Victor Biak Lian convene a strategic meeting with four student leaders in Aizawl at the end of 2011, to work out in detail on how we could best and clandestinely print the digital contents of the www.vansangva.com in hard copies and widely distribute them in Chin State and other areas inside Burma. In February 2012, more than 2,000 copies of VANSANGVA VOLUME I (126 pages in B5 size) were printed in Rangoon. Three of our Field Coordinators and one volunteer inside the country disseminated copies of the book to all parts of Chin State, to all political parties and 88 Generation leaders as well as to the media in Rangoon. Workshops and political discussions based on the book were conducted in the universities and in the cities in Chin State and Rangoon whenever the situations allowed.

The Vansangva website is to further disseminate valuable materials as the FORUM’s long term strategy for the eventual realization of the reestablishment of a federal democratic Union of Burma – the ultimate goal of the ethnic nationalities as well as the Burmans.

2012 July – The CHIN FORUM MANAGING BOARD convened its Sixth Meeting on July 28-29 at the Comfort Suites Hotel, Elkridge, Maryland, USA. The CHIN FORUM Rules and Regulations were revised and amended in line with the political changes and reform process taking place inside the country. The CFMB decided to incorporate one new member and recruit other new CHIN FORUM members, especially from inside the country. It elected a Chairman, a Program Coordinator, two Assistant Program Coordinators and a Financial Officer for the next three-year tenure.

2012 December – For the first time ever since its inception, the CHIN FORUM, taking advantage of the reform process initiated by U Thein Sein government after the 2010-election, conducted a Seminar titled “Constitutional Democracy – The Way Forward” from 13-15 December 2012 in Rangoon. The Seminar was attended by 44 people made up of leaders of major political parties, students and members of civil societies. The resource persons during the three-days Seminar were Dr. Alan Smith, Dr. Thei Lwin of the NLD, Maj. Tu Tu Lay of the KNU, Salai Kipp Kho Lian, Victor Biak Lian and Salai Za Ceu Lian.

2013 January – On the 6th and 8th of January, the CHIN FORUM conducted Vansangva Workshop in Rangoon for the Siyin Chin Youth Forum.

On 9th of January, the CHIN FORUM conducted a Workshop with the Chin Youth Forum, where 18 Chin students and youths attended.

2013 March – The CHIN FORUM officially published 5,000 copies of the “Basic Principles of Democracy” as Vansangva Volume I. The book is authored by Salai Kipp Kho Lian and edited by U Khin Maung Saw. Throughout the year, the CHIN FORUM distributed the book to all States and Divisions, including the Burmese university students, the Wa area in Shan State and also to all parliamentarians at Naypyidaw. To the surprise and delight of the CHIN FORUM, the book is the first of its kind to be allowed by the Thein Sein government to be distributed in Naypyidaw. Especially the military sector of the Hlutdaw  shows great interest in this book.

2013 November – The CFMB Emergency Meeting was held on 12 November, on the evening of the first day of the Chin National Conference in Haka.

The meeting discussed on how best to present the CHIN FORUM’s Fifth Initial  Draft of Chinland Constitution (2008) to the Chin National Conference (12-15 December 2013) in Haka, Chin State, so that the conference could further decide the role of the FORUM in fulfilling the objectives of the Conference as below:-

– To discuss for the development of a common platform for Chin in political dialogue;

– To develop common negotiation strategies;

– To develop consultative mechanisms on different levels during political dialogue;

– To emphasize the FORUM’s platform so that all Chin  may participate in the strengthening of mutual understanding, trust and solidarity.

On 12 November, Pu Lian Uk, the Chairman of the CHIN FORUM addressed the public during the opening session of the Chin National Conference and detailed the long history of the Chin federal movement which started in the late 1960s. He emphasized the efforts and sacrifices of the Chin student generations of the 1960s and 1970s. These students planted the seeds of democracy and federalism among the Chin people.

On 13 November, Salai Kipp Kho Lian, the Program Coordinator of the CHIN FORUM delivered a speech as the Chairman of the Conference on the second day of the conference. He detailed the decade -long activities by the exiles of the CHIN FORUM in the drafting of the Chinland Constitution. He emphasized that this was the continuation of the Chin federal movement which was first ignited by the Chin students under the oppressive military regime in the 1960s and 1970s.

On 14 November the CFMB members engaged with conference participants in the Constitutional Workshop. State constitutional issues were discussed. The CHIN FORUM presented its Fifth Initial Draft of the Chinland Constitution in the workshop.  The CHIN FORUM along with the conference participants discussed working out a comprehensive strategy to achieve constitutional democracy for Chin State, in the federal Union of Burma. Furthermore, it was thoroughly discussed which common position the Chin should take in political dialogue with the President Thein Sein government.

On 15 December it was decided to form a 45 – member committee comprising delegates from all the regions, women, youth, political parties, the Chin National Front (CNF), and the Chin National Conference resource persons. Moreover, it was decided to form a Joint Organizing Committee of the Chin National Conference of experts and scholars to implement the above-mentioned points objectives.

The CHIN FORUM is to be part of this body and to take the leading role in composing a comprehensive paper relating to Constitutional affairs of Chin State, as part of the federal Union of Burma. The said comprehensive paper is to be prepared in consultation with the said 45-memeber committee, Chin political parties, other relevant groups and individuals over the coming year. This paper, once finalized, will be used as a vital part of the common position for the Chin in political dialogue with the government.

2015 March: The CHIN FORUM published 2000 copies of the book “Back to Panglong” (Vansangva Volume II) and distributed widely across the country.

2016: The CHIN FORUM is coordinating with the current Chin students leaders of the Chin Literature and Culture Committee (Universities – Yangon) for the commemoration of the student martyr and hero Salai Tin Maung Oo and the 40th. Anniversary of the Salai Mai Movement to be held in Rangoon on 26 June 2016.

The CHIN FORUM continues its Vansangva Online Democracy Trainings via Facebook, which attracts more than 9000 likes.

 

Epilogue: The CHIN FORUM marked its tenth anniversary in May 2008. The year also coincides with the 20th anniversary of the historic Four Eights Democracy Revolution also known as the 8-88 movement in Burma. This year, 2016, marks the 18the. Anniversary of the inception of the FORUM. Looking back at the past and nearly two decades of its activities, the CHIN FORUM can proudly claim successes in its endeavors given the facts that it has accomplished its stated goals since its inception in 1998:-

  1. The Forum played a vital role in inspiring not only the Chins but the Burmese Democracy Movement as a whole and thus naturally accomplished one of its initial aims to, “continuously strengthen unity among the Chins”;
  2. It has updated the Chinland Constitution to the Fifth Draft; its latest version;            
  3. It has conducted numerous training, seminars and workshops on Constitutional democracy for Chin students and the general public over the past decade (for security reasons not all details are mentioned in this chronology) and heightened political awareness, and moreover solidified the unity among the Chin;
  4. It has set-up a good reputation and strong relationship with Chin students as well as the general masses inside the country;
  5. It has created the vansangva.com website and published the contents thereof as VANSANGVA VOLUME I (2013). and VOLUME II (2015). Vansangva received overwhelming support and positive comments from all ethnicities inside the country, including parliamentarians from Naypyidaw, as well as abroad.
  6. Following the publication of VANSANGVA VOLUME I, the CHIN FORUM conducted Workshops for the Chin students and other students of all ethnicities, including the members of newly formed Student Unions in various universities inside the country. Hence: The CHIN FORUM has started to inspire the younger generations of all ethnicities in the Union of Burma thus extending its realm of activities beyond Chin State, its initial target.

Nevertheless, reviewing its past experiences, the FORUM – in order to sustain its strengths and effectiveness of its activities- is committed to remain a Political Think-Tank and has no intention to transform itself into a political organization.

Our deepest appreciation goes to all friends of Chinland world-wide and to our generous donors such as the NED, EBO, OSI, NRP. We also appreciate our legal advisors from the Center for Constitutional Democracy in Plural Societies (USA).  Without their solidarity and financial support the CHIN FORUM’s activities, over the past decade, could not have been as fruitful.

CHIN FORUM MANAGING BOARD                                                                                                      24 August, 2012, Ottawa, Canada     

* The Political Affairs Committee of Chinland (PACC) conducted the first Chin National Assembly in 2006 at Mt. Sinai, Head Quarters of the Zomi National Congress. The Chin National Council was formed. The Chin National Council comprised of the Chin National Front, the Chin National League for Democracy, Mara Peoples Party, Zomi National Congress and Civic Organizations. All members of the newly formed CNC agreed to promote Chin national interests in unity.

The CNC represents all major Chin political organizations at the Ethnic Nationalities Council (ENC). The ENC, which promotes a peaceful co-existence of all nationalities in the future federal Union of Burma, represents the ethnic nationalities in exile.

** Federal Constitution Drafting and Coordination Committee (FCDCC) came into existence on April 19, 2005. It comprised members of  ENC, NCGUB, NCUB, NDF, UNLD, WLB, Nationalities Youth Forum (NY-Forum) and Students and Youth Congress of Burma (SYCB). The FCDCC presented the first draft of the Federal Constitution of the Union of Burma at the Federal Constitution seminar held April 6 – 9, 2006 and was adopted by 101 participants from 52 organizations including democratic forces and ethnic nationalities. The FCDCC has completed the second draft of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of the Union of Burma in 2007-2008.

 

The CHIN FORUM MANAGING BOARD (2016)

  1. Pu Lian Uk – Chairman
  2. Salai Kipp Kho Lian – Program Coordinator
  3. Dr. Roding – Assistant Program Coordinator
  4. Pu Nang Lian Thang – Member
  5. Pu Khua Uk Lian – Member
  6. Pu Thang Ning Kee – Member
  7. Dr. Lian Sakhong – Member
  8. Dr. Sui Khar – Member
  9. Dr. Za Hlei Thang – Member
  10. Pu Victor Biak Lian – Member
  11. Salai Mamang – Field Coordinator
  12. Taang Zam Thuam – Field Coordinator

 

Abbreviations:

CFMB = Chin Forum Managing Board
CFWGI = Chin Forum Working Group I
CCDPS = Center for Constitutional Democracy in Plural Societies
CNF = Chin National Front
CNLD = Chin National League for Democracy
CNC = Chin National Council
CNC-CAC = Chin National Council Constitutional Affairs Committee

CHRO = Chin Human Rights Organization
EBO = Euro-Burma Office
ENC = Ethnic Nationalities Council
FCDCC = Federal Constitution Drafting & Coordinating Committee
MPP = Mara Peoples Party
NDF = National Democratic Front
NRP = National Reconciliation Program
NCGUB = National Coalition Government of Union of Burma
NCUB = National Coalition of Union of Burma
NLD (LA) = National League for Democracy (Liberated Area)
NED = National Endowment for Democracy
OSI = Open Society Institute
PACC = Political Affairs Committee of Chinland
UNLD = United Nationalities League for Democracy
WLB = Women s League of Burma
ZNC = Zomi National Congress

NOTE: This CHIN FORUM Chronology of Events is last updated by Salai Kipp Kho Lian 23 April 2016