State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi received Ambassador Rosario Manalo, Chairperson of the Independent Commission of Enquiry and its members U Mya Thein, Ambassador Kenzo Oshima and Professor Dr Aung Tun Thet at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw on August 30.
Also present at the meeting were Union Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor U Kyaw Tint Swe, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs U Myint Thu and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Similarly, Vice Senior General Soe Win, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services, met received Ambassador Rosario Manalo, Chairperson of the Independent Commission of Enquiry and its members in Nay Pyi Taw on the same day.
Ambassador Rosario Manalo, Chairperson of the Independent Commission of Enquiry and its members U Mya Thein, Ambassador Kenzo Oshima paid a visit to Myanmar for the first time in the middle of this month. They met government’s top officials including Aung San Suu Kyi. The ICE held its press conference in Nay Pyi Taw. Now is the second-time arrival to Myanmar.
The commission is to investigate accusations of human rights violation and violence cases. It will present a report covering recommendations of regional peace and stability, and security to the president within one year, said Ambassador Rosario Manalo.
The chairperson of the commission also said the commission will investigate into matters relating to human rights violations. Those who are allegedly involved in the violation of human rights and violence will be also exposed. We will use the 1950 Emergency Provision Act when we investigate. When we find facts, if necessary, we will work together with government officials, non-governmental representatives, military personnel and police.
“The commission is finding necessary reports from concerned organizations and ministries. It has begun its work, gathering the various reports. The commission will do a research by assessing the facts we gathered. The commission has planned to meet its members once again within next two weeks. The commission will establish an official website soon,” said Ambassador Rosario Manalo.
The government formed Independent Commission of Enquiry with the aim to investigate accusations of human rights violation and related cases, according to the announcement of President Office released on July 30th.
The announcement reported Ambassador Rosario Manalo, former Deputy Foreign Minister of the Philippines and former chairperson and current representative of the Philippines to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women-CEDAW would be appointed as the chairman of said enquiry commission. Members include Mya Thein, former chairman of Constitutional Tribunal, Ambassador Kenzo Oshima, former Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator and former Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations and Dr Aung Tun Thet, former Senior Official of UNICEF and former Principal Officer UN System Staff College.
The commission aims to carry out reconciliation, peace, stability and development in Rakhine State and will be assisted by both local and foreign legal and technical experts.
Translated and Edited by Win Htut