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Myanmar army labourer shot dead in Kayin state
On Monday, an humanitarian organisation denounced the Burmese army's execution of one of its relief workers in the Kayin Mountain State in south-eastern Myanmar, where new enmities between the Burmese government and an ethnically based group have recently erupted, despite a ceasefire between the two sides. Solders killed Saw O Moo, the head of the municipality, who was also a member of the Mutraw (Papun) Economic Support Teams (MEAT) and the Karen National Union (KNU), when he took a motorcycle back to Ler Mu Plaw in Lu Thaw municipality in Papun County on April 5.
"Myanmar's army's assassination of an unschooled human rights activist is a violation not only of basic law but also of the national ceasefire arrangement (NCA)," said a MEAT declaration relating to a national ceasefire deal that eight of Myanmar's ethnically motivated groups concluded with the Myanmar ruling militia in October 2015.
KNU, Myanmar's oldest ethnical militiaman, whose clash with the Myanmar armed forces lasted almost seven centuries, was one of the eight groups that originally joined the Covenant. This new clash was sparked by the use of US armed forces guards near Ler Mu Plaw on 5 March, an area taboo for the armed forces under the ceasefire agreement, according to Karen civilian groups.
KNU raises objections to the reconstruction of an old street in the Ler Mu Plaw district that was closed a ten year ago. 42-year-old Saw O Moo supported the Karen tribe's right to their own lands, forests and peaces, said a MEAT declaration launched on 12 March by KNU and Karen grassroots organisations to supply groceries and medicines to those driven out by the war.
During the last round of hostilities between the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), the KNU Army and Myanmar's army, some 2,300 people from 16 towns and cities were evicted from their houses. The MEAT also urged Myanmar's President Win Myint and State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi to take immediate measures to safeguard internally displaced village communities and the security of relief personnel.
Mr. Phado Mann said MEAT has reported the Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) cease-fire, which included members of minority militia who subscribed to the NCA, and members of the executive who are monitoring cease-fire violations because the executive branch of the military has stationed an extra 400 soldiers in the region.