Rakhine Ad­vi­sory Commission re­port be­ing fine-tuned

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - News - NYAN LYNN AUNG nyan­lin­aung@mm­times.com

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.

UN Spe­cial Rap­por­teur Yanghee Lee dur­ing her re­cent visit to Myan­mar. Photo: Zarni Phyo

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