Myanmar: UN welcomes final assessment of independent advisory panel on Rakhine state

Rohingya refugees, displaced by violence in Myanmar, at a camp in Coxs Bazar, Bangladesh. (File) Photo: UNHCR/Saiful Huq Omi

24 August 2017 – The United Nations today welcomed the release of the final report of an independent advisory body looking into the situation in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

“We welcome the release of the comprehensive report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine state and take note of its emphasis on issues related to identity and citizenship, particularly its call for freedom of movement for all people,” said UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric at today's regular press briefing in New York.

He also acknowledged its endorsement “to address the root causes of violence and reduce inter-communal violence.”

“We look forward to reviewing the report's recommendations further,” Mr. Dujarric continued, saying that in the meantime, the UN recognizes the significance of the Government's establishment of the Commission – which was led by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan – and “the importance of its mandate to analyze the situation of all communities in Rakhine state and draft recommendations toward conflict prevention, reconciliation, institution building and long-term development, as well as humanitarian services.

The Spokesman concluded by affirming that “the UN stands ready to support the Government's implementation of the recommendations for the betterment of all communities in Rakhine state.”

Building on the Advisory Commission's interim report, released in March, the final report puts forward recommendations to surmount the political, socio-economic and humanitarian challenges that currently face Rakhine State.

The report is the outcome of more than 150 consultations and meetings held by the Advisory Commission since its launch in September 2016. Its members have travelled extensively throughout Rakhine state, and held meetings in Yangon and Naypyitaw, Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh and Geneva.


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