Kofi Annan chosen to help find solution for Myanmar’s Rohingya issue

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Kofi AnnanFormer United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan has been chosen by Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi to lead a commission to stop alleged human rights abuses in Rakhine State, where violence between Buddhists and minority Rohingya Muslims has overshadowed democratic reforms.

More than 100 people were killed in violence in the northwestern state since 2012, and some 125,000 Rohingya Muslims, who are stateless, took refuge in camps where their movements are severely restricted. Thousands have fled persecution and poverty in an exodus by boat to neighboring South and Southeast Asian countries.

Suu Kyi has announced the formation of a new advisory commission tasked with finding lasting solutions to the “complex and delicate issues” in Rakhine State, which is home to around 1.2 million Rohingya Muslims.

A memorandum of understanding is to be signed between the Ministry of Office of the State Counselor and the Kofi Annan Foundation to form a nine-member Advisory Commission.

The nine independent members will be six Myanmar citizens and three foreigners, a statement from Suu Kyi’s office said. It will consider humanitarian and development issues, access to basic services, the assurance of basic rights and the security of the people of the troubled state.

It is also tasked with undertaking assessments and making recommendations by focusing on conflict prevention, humanitarian assistance, rights and reconciliation, institution building and promotion of development of Rakhine. The body will also examine international aspects of the situation, including the background of those seeking refugee status abroad.

After consultations, the commission will submit its findings and recommendations to the Myanmar government through the state counselor and thereafter publish its report within twelve months of its creation.

“The Myanmar government wants to find a sustainable solution on the complicated issues in Rakhine State, that’s why it has formed an advisory commission,” Suu Kyi’s statement said.

 

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Former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan has been chosen by Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi to lead a commission to stop alleged human rights abuses in Rakhine State, where violence between Buddhists and minority Rohingya Muslims has overshadowed democratic reforms.

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Kofi AnnanFormer United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan has been chosen by Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi to lead a commission to stop alleged human rights abuses in Rakhine State, where violence between Buddhists and minority Rohingya Muslims has overshadowed democratic reforms.

More than 100 people were killed in violence in the northwestern state since 2012, and some 125,000 Rohingya Muslims, who are stateless, took refuge in camps where their movements are severely restricted. Thousands have fled persecution and poverty in an exodus by boat to neighboring South and Southeast Asian countries.

Suu Kyi has announced the formation of a new advisory commission tasked with finding lasting solutions to the “complex and delicate issues” in Rakhine State, which is home to around 1.2 million Rohingya Muslims.

A memorandum of understanding is to be signed between the Ministry of Office of the State Counselor and the Kofi Annan Foundation to form a nine-member Advisory Commission.

The nine independent members will be six Myanmar citizens and three foreigners, a statement from Suu Kyi’s office said. It will consider humanitarian and development issues, access to basic services, the assurance of basic rights and the security of the people of the troubled state.

It is also tasked with undertaking assessments and making recommendations by focusing on conflict prevention, humanitarian assistance, rights and reconciliation, institution building and promotion of development of Rakhine. The body will also examine international aspects of the situation, including the background of those seeking refugee status abroad.

After consultations, the commission will submit its findings and recommendations to the Myanmar government through the state counselor and thereafter publish its report within twelve months of its creation.

“The Myanmar government wants to find a sustainable solution on the complicated issues in Rakhine State, that’s why it has formed an advisory commission,” Suu Kyi’s statement said.

 

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