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First Chin conference in six decades to convene in November

A collection of Chin political parties, civil society organisations and an armed group are set to hold the ethnic group’s first conference in six decades later this year.

According to the conference’s implementation committee, the gathered groups will focus on reviewing issues concerning politics, economics, and Chin culture ahead of a wider ethnic nationalities conference that is set for next year.

Sali Nge Pe, who is a member of the implementation committee, said the conference is scheduled to kick off during the second week of November in Hakha township in Chin state.

“We will re-examine the status of 53 different ethnic groups who all claim to be Chins,” said Sali Nge Pe. “At the national ethnic conference in 2014, our voice will be united.”

At least four Chin political parties, representatives from the Chin National Front and civil society will attend the conference after holding three initial rounds of talks to discuss the event.

The first Chin conference was held on 20 February 1948 in Falam township, where representatives first established Chin National Day.


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