Rakhine CSOs want to help state’s re­cov­ery

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CIVIL so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions (CSOs) in Rakhine State have formed a group to help the gov­ern­ment im­ple­ment the rec­om­men­da­tions of a panel on achiev­ing peace and devel­op­ment in the strife-torn state.

U Zaya Kyaw, spokesper­son of the group, said it com­prises 50 rep­re­sen­ta­tives of CSOs across the state.

The group will meet with the com­mit­tee this month on ways that it might con­trib­ute to the process, he said.

In Oc­to­ber 2017, the Ad­vi­sory Com­mis­sion on Rakhine State, chaired by the late United Na­tions sec­re­tary gen­eral Kofi An­nan, pre­sented to the Myanmar gov­ern­ment its fi­nal re­port with 88 rec­om­men­da­tions on im­prov­ing the sit­u­a­tion in Rakhine. The gov­ern­ment says it has im­ple­mented 81 of the rec­om­men­da­tions.

The com­mis­sion re­port em­pha­sised eco­nomic and so­cial devel­op­ment, cit­i­zen­ship, free­dom of move­ment, hu­man rights and ac­cess to jus­tice.

“In our view, the im­ple­men­ta­tion com­mit­tee has not been trans­par­ent, so we would like to work with them to im­prove that,” said U Zaya Kyaw.

He added that State Coun­sel­lor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi had said that for the devel­op­ment of Rakhine, there should be a mech­a­nism that al­lows the gov­ern­ment, peo­ple, pri­vate sec­tor, lo­cal NGOs and CSOs to work to­gether.

U Zaya Kyaw said civil so­ci­ety groups have had no role in car­ry­ing out pro­grammes in Rakhine.

“Par­tic­u­larly in the ver­i­fi­ca­tion of cit­i­zen­ship, there is a need for more trans­parency. We want to be part of the process,” he said.

Photo: EPA

Rakhine Mus­lims ar­rive at Thae Chaung vil­lage in Sit­twe town­ship on Novem­ber 21.

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