Independent Commission for Enquiry to submit Rakhine issue report to President

Writer: 
Nay Rai + Zeyar Tun
The Independent Commission for Enquiry will submit an investigation report on allegations against human rights and violence as Rakhine issue within one year, Chairperson Ambassador Rosario Manalo  of the Independent Commission for Enquiry.
 
The commission will investigate into allegations about human rights and violence as to Rakhine issue. The report covering regional peace and stability of Rakhine State and security suggestions will be submitted to President Win Myint within one year, said the Chairman of the Independent Commission for Enquiry.
 
The remarks came from the press briefing organised by the commission at Thingaha Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw on August 16. 
 
“The terrorist attacks occurred in Rakhine State on October 9 of 2016 and August 25 of 2017. This commission is to investigate allegations about human rights and violence as to Rakhine issue. It will write suggestions about who is responsible and how to seek a solution. We will give suggestions about peace, security and stability. We have started working since August 15. We will write a report and submit it to the president within one year,” said Chairperson Ambassador Rosario Manalo  of the Independent Commission for Enquiry.
 
The Chairperson Ambassador Rosario Manalo added that we will conduction investigations as to those who were involved in the alleged violation of human rights and violence. The investigations will be conducted in line with Myanmar Investigation Act.
 
The commission will cooperate with governmental officials, the representatives of non-governmental organizations, the military officers and the police when we conduct an investigation. 
 
“The commission has started working now after gathering the reports from the responsible persons and the concerned ministries. The commission is finding the facts. It will conduct researches on findings. The commission has arranged to meet members again over the next two weeks. The commission will soon establish an official website,” said Rosario Manalo.
 
After Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) terror group attacks and subsequent fallout occurred in Rakhine State, government had formed Independent Commission of Enquiry on July 30th with the aim to investigate accusations of human rights violation and related cases.
 
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 was appointed as the Chairman of said enquiry commission. Members included 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.
 
Translated and Edited by Win Htut