အစိုးရသစ် ပထမရက် ၁၀၀ ကာလအတွင်း ဆောင်ရွက်ခဲ့မှုများနှင့် ပတ်သက်သည့် ဆဋ္ဌမအကြိမ် သတင်းစာရှင်းလင်းပွဲကျင်းပ
A press conference took place in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday in connection with the government’s undertakings in its 100-day plan.
Deputy Director General U Zaw Htay of the Ministry of the State Counsellor’s Office responded to queries relating to the appointment of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan as head of an advisory commission for the human rights situation in Rakhine State.
The establishment of the commission with foreign experts has drawn criticism from the media, prompting some political parties to issue statements expressing
concern over national security.
According to U Zaw Htay, the said commission is one step away from becoming official. The signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of the State Counsellor’s Office and the Kofi Annan Foundation will make the advisory commission official, with the official saying that the MOU is now in the hands of the Office of the Attorney General.
The deputy director general stressed the need to consider what kind of person the former UN chief was. Kofi Annan initiated the Millennium Development Goal as UN Secretary General and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. He headed the UN for two consecutive terms. U Zaw Htay said the Nobel Peace laureate had nothing to do with the Syrian issue and the destruction of religious structures in Afghanistan, which he described as the consequences of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.
The Advisory Commission will be formed with nine members- six local experts and three foreign experts. The members of the commission are selected according to the four criteria, which include impartiality, respectability, know-how and reputation.
In connection with the inclusion of foreign experts in the commission, U Zaw Htay stressed the depth, sensitivity and broadness of the Rakhine issue, adding that this required a review of what and how the international community would assess the matter. The commission will have a mandate to submit their findings and suggestions to the government through the State Counsellor. The government formed a Committee for Peace, Stability and Development in Rakhine State chaired by the State Counsellor herself, with the official saying that the developmental undertakings in the region cannot avoid the involvement of international organisations, including the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
The Advisory Commission will have the responsibility to guarantee the safety and basic human rights of the Rakhine people, provide humanitarian aid and development services, take preventive measures against conflict, initiate reconciliation, undertake humanitarian infrastructure projects, and review the backgrounds of overseas refugees and their countries of origin.
Regarding the commission’s possible push for the government to accept the sometimes called ‘Bengali’ community against the Citizenship Law of 1982, U Zaw Htay said the government is to work in line with the State Constitution and existing laws.