Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) meeting held today


The Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) will hold its regional, state and union level meetings at the NRPC in Yangon on December 21 and 22.

It will be the plenary session of the Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC). The eighth meeting of the JMC at Union level was held in November.

The previous meetings focused on ceasefire rules and regulations, funds granted by the United Nations, financial regulations, and matters relating to the plan to form joint monitoring committees at region and state levels.

MP urges gov’t to make Pontaung Ponnya an ecotourism region

A proposal has been submitted to the Lower House on Dec 19 urging the Union Government to officially recognize the Pontaung Ponnya region in Gangaw Township, Magway Region as an ecotourism region.

The Lower House MP Yin Min Hlaing from Gangaw Constituency submitted the proposal, saying that turning the region into an ecotourism site will create job opportunities for young people living the region, and that illegal logging may be prevented - meaning that environmental conservation can be boosted as well.

Peace secretaries receive candidate lists for management committees

On Saturday, the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC)’s secretaries received the candidate lists for management committees to hold national-level political talks in three regions at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Yangon.

The UPDJC has to select three representatives each from government, ethnic armed groups and political parties for management committees tasked with cooperating with other groups that are responsible for holding political talks.

Govt talks due to plan Panglong conference

The Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee says it will meet at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Yangon on December 17 to discuss national-level political talks.

The government’s peace commission met leaders from the ethnic armed groups which had signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement at the centre on December 12 to discuss the talks.

Tech experts slam data bill

The Digital Rights Forum being held in Yangon has urged the government to reveal details of its personal freedom and security bill, fearing it will breach human rights. 

The forum discussed digital rights and said the bill, which is currently being discussed by the Lower House, featured prominently. 

The forum said the bill had technological weaknesses and would undermine the right to expression and privacy.