Nay Pyi Taw, August 23

The Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, committed to finding lasting solutions to the complex and delicate issues in the Rakhine State, will establish an Advisory Commission on Rakhine State. A Memorandum of Understanding is to be signed between the Ministry of Office of the State-Counsellor and the Kofi Annan Foundation. The nine-member Advisory Commission, a national initiative to resolve protracted issues in the region, will be chaired by former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Chairman and Founder
of the Kofi Annan Foundation and noble laureate, Mr. Kofi Annan and will be composed of (3) international and (6) national persons of Eminence who are highly experienced, respected and neutral individuals. The commission members are :

• U Win Mra, Chair of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission

• Dr. Thar Hla Shwe, President of Myanmar Red Cross Society

• Mr. Ghassan Salame’, Lebanese Minister of Culture (2000- 2003), UN Special Advisor to Secretary-General (2003-2006)

• Ms Laetitia van den Assum, Special Advisor to the UNAIDS (2005-2006), the Netherlands’ Ambassador to the United Kingdom (2012-2015)

• U Aye Lwin, Core Member and Founder of Religious for Peace, Myanmar

• Dr. Mya Thida, President of Obstetrical and Gynecological Society of MMA, Member of the Myanmar Academy of Medical Science

• U Khin Maung Lay, Member of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission

•  Daw Saw Khin Tint,  Chairperson (Rakhine Literature and Culture association, Yangon) and Vice-Chairperson (Rakhine Women Association) 

The Commission will undertake meetings with all relevant stakeholders, international experts and foreign dignitaries to hear their views and to analyze relevant issues with a view to finding the best possible solutions to prevailing problems.  The Commission will consider humanitarian and development issues, access to basic services, the assurance of basic rights, and the security of the people of Rakhine. The Commission will undertake assessments and make recommendations by focusing on conflict prevention, humanitarian assistance, rights and reconciliation, institution building and promotion of development of Rakhine State. It will also examine international aspects of the situation, including the background of those seeking refugee status abroad.

After wide consultations, the Commission will submit its findings and recommendations to the Government of Myanmar through the State Counsellor and thereafter publish its report within twelve months of its establishment.

Ministry of the Office of the State Counsellor