Yangon: Myanmar government has set up a advisory panel that will be heated by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to find long lasting solution on conflict in Rakhine state, where human rights groups have documented widespread abuses against the minority Rohingya Muslims.
On Tuesday statement given by the office of State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi said, the agreement will be signed between her office and Kofi Annan Foundation to set up a nine-member advisory commission to resolve “prolonged issues in the region.”
The council includes three international and six national experts. Rohingya Muslims have lived in the northwestern state of Rakhine for generations but are denied citizenship because they are considered outsiders.
In year 2012, More than 100 people, mostly Rohingya, were killed in clashes with members of Myanmar’s Buddhist majority. Thousands of Rohingya have run away in rickety boats to seek refuge in other Southeast Asian countries, and many have rotten in the dangerous journeys or fallen victim to human traffickers.
Many relocate Rohingya are taking sheltering in refugee camp in neglected condition with little medical care. In a reflection of how sensitive the Rohingya issue is, the statement did not name the community in the entire text, only describing it as “the complex and delicate issues in the Rakhine state.”
It is come to admit that the Rohingya was saying that commission will be “examine international aspects of the situation including the background of those looking for refugee status abroad.”
It said the commission will “consider humanitarian and development issues, access to basic services, the assurance of basic rights, and the security of the people of Rakhine.”The commission will direct on rights and reconciliation, conflict prevention, institution building, humanitarian assistance, and promotion of development of Rakhine state.
The commission is making sure that all findings and recommendations will available within 12 months of its establishment. The recommendations will be given to Suu Kyi, who holds the dual titles of state counselor and foreign minister.
She is expelled by the constitution from becoming president, but for all intention and purposes she became country’s leader since her party won elections in November 2015 by replacing a quasi-civilian government controlled by the military.
Kofi Annan was the UN chief from 1997 to 2006, when he was replaced by Ban Ki-moon. He shared the Nobel Peace Prize with the United Nations in 2001.