A local-level Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee (JCMC) will be formed in Taninthayi Region, according to the Karen National Union (KNU) liaison office in Dawei.
“The objective of the JCMC is to negotiate to avoid armed conflicts between the government army and the signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA). We will conduct a study to launch an awareness campaign to the public concerning JCMC”, said a member of the JCMC.
The awareness campaign related to the ceasefire monitoring activities will be carried out in Dawei, Ye Phyu, Palaw and some villages by two groups organized with young activists from Kayin.
The group is closely monitoring 17 issues concerning the public welfare, including freedom of movement, the land ownership issue and ensuring that local people are not subject to extortion and do not suffer from torture. If those guidelines are not followed, the group will submit a report to the JCMC, according to a person in charge in Dawei.
The formation of the JCMC with local people can provide detailed and accurate information, said the responsible person from JCMC.
JCMC offices are slated to be opened in Kayin State in October. The JCMC consists of fourteen members including the group leaders, the commander, the authorities concerned and the public.— Myitmakha News Agency