- What is the role of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State?
The Advisory Commission has been asked to provide recommendations to the Government of Myanmar to secure peace and prosperity in Rakhine State. The Commission does not make decisions on behalf of the people of Rakhine or Myanmar; when the Commission releases its report in 2017, it will be up to the government and the elected representatives of the people of Myanmar to decide which recommendations to take forward, and how.
- On which issues will the Commissioners focus?
The Commission’s mandate covers a range of issues, including development, strengthening of institutions, humanitarian assistance, reconciliation and conflict prevention. In addressing these issues, the Commission will seek to engage with all communities in Rakhine in a fair and balanced manner.
- Who funds the Advisory Commission on Rakhine?
As a joint project of the Government of Myanmar and the Kofi Annan Foundation, the costs of the Advisory Commission are shared. The Government of Myanmar covers a significant proportion of the costs; the balance is mobilised by the Kofi Annan Foundation from governmental partners. The Kofi Annan Foundation has so far received support for its Rakhine Commission work from the Governments of Denmark and Norway, as well as from the Swedish Postcode Fund.
- Why are non-Myanmar nationals included in the Commission?
The Commission was established at the request of the Myanmar government; six of a total nine commissioners are Myanmar nationals. The decision to implement – or not – its recommendations rests with the Government of Myanmar. The international members will offer advice and share experiences from other regions and countries which have faced similar challenges.
- Who will the Commissioners work with?
In developing their recommendations, Commissioners will listen to the concerns of all relevant communities and institutions. It will engage in consultations and dialogues, particularly with those who best understand the challenges facing the State, the local communities in Rakhine. Should you have suggestions, questions or recommendations for the Commission to consider, please send them to email@example.com.
- What is the commission’s view on citizenship questions?
The question of citizenship and freedom of movement will be examined among other important issues. The Commission aims to present practical recommendations that benefit all communities.
- What will be the main activities of the Commission?
To develop its recommendations, the Commission will hold a series of consultations and dialogues with groups in Rakhine State and meet with local religious and community leaders, elected representatives and experts. It will also engage with Myanmar’s neighbours to encourage the development of a regional response to issues of joint concern, such as cross-border migration and border security.