Rakhine Advisory Commission report being fine-tuned
THE final report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State is being finetuned and will be released, as scheduled, in the second-half of August said the commission’s spokesperson.
Yen Snaing, spokesperson for the Chairman of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine state, told The Myanmar Times on Thursday that the commission’s members are still finalising its final report in Geneva but it is now almost finished.
“We can’t confirm the date yet. It will be released in the second-half of August “she said.
A year after the mandate was issued to former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s commission, it has been updating its final report, which will be presented before the mandate expires on September 5.
“I am happy today with the conclusion of the work of the Myanmar Committee” Ghassan Salame, a member of the Advisory Commission tweeted last Friday.
According to the commission, that implementation of the interim recommendations will inform and inspire the content of the final report.
The commission presented its 30 recommendations during its interim report in March.
The 15-page interim report and recommendations listed, among others, humanitarian and media access, justice and rule of law, border issues and bilateral relationships with Bangladesh, socioeconomic development, training of security forces, citizenship and freedom of movement, closure of IDP camps, cultural issues, intercommunal dialogue, representation and participation in public life and regional relations, as some ways to ease tensions in conflict areas.
In addition, the interim report has also recommended citizenship verification in Rakhine state, saying that the Myanmar government should immediately establish a clear strategy and timeline for the citizenship verification process. This strategy should be transparent, efficient, and with a solid basis in existing legislation.
National Security adviser U Thaung Tun, said during the briefing about Rakhine state current situation in Yangon a few weeks ago, the government remains committed to continue its concerted efforts to fully address issues in Rakhine even though the recommendations of Kofi Annan’s advisory commission are also being implemented.
“The government remains committed to building long-term peace and stability and seeking a durable solution to the Rakhine issue,’’ he said.
End of Mission Statement by UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee said she was worried that different and nonuniform re-settlement practices so far offer little prospect of a durable solution for the estimated 120,000 longterm IDPS still living in camps.
“The general situation for the Rohingya has hardly improved since my last visit in January, and has become further complicated in the north of Rakhine” Yanghee Lee said.
U Aye Lwin,a local member of the commission, said on May that the commission will report on the possible root causes of the conflict and the final report is likely to be finished.
“We are neither the judge nor jury in this matter and we will also not mediate between the two communities,” he said.