Myanmar to form independent enquiry commission in Rakhine | The Daily Star
09:48 PM, May 31, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 10:06 PM, May 31, 2018

Myanmar to form independent enquiry commission in Rakhine

Myanmar government has decided to establish an independent commission of enquiry as part of its national initiative to address reconciliation, peace, stability and development in Rakhine state.

The independent commission will investigate the violation of human rights and related issues following the terrorist attacks by ARSA, said a press release of the Myanmar presidential office.

The commission will consist of three members including an international personality and it will be assisted by national and international legal and technical experts, the release also said.

Following major outbreaks of violence in Myanmar in August 2017, over 400,000 Rohingyas and host communities are currently in need of humanitarian assistance in Rakhine State, while about 700,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed the border into neighbouring Bangladesh. It is estimated that nearly one million Rohingyas are now living in camps and settlements across Cox's Bazar, bringing the total number of people in need of assistance to 1.3 million between the refugees and host communities living in the district.

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