Rakhine Commision

Mandate of the Commission

Goals and Objectives

The overall objective of the Commission is to improve the lives of the members of all communities in Rakhine. Specific objectives and outcomes include the following:

  1. The Commission is to provide recommendations to the Government of Myanmar on measures for finding lasting solutions to the complex and delicate issues in Rakhine state, in accordance with established international standards. These include cross-cutting issues such as poverty alleviation and development, assurance of basic rights and the promotion of trust, harmony and reconciliation.
  2. A report containing a series of recommendations to address the challenges identified jointly by the Commission and the Government of Myanmar will be published. The Commission will also be free to submit interim reports and recommendations as it deems appropriate. The Commission’s interim and final recommendations, when implemented, will lead to tangible improvements in the lives of the members of all communities in Rakhine, particularly the most vulnerable and impoverished communities.
  3. The manner in which the Commission develops its recommendations will lead to additional positive outcomes. The inclusive and on-going process of consultations and dialogues with all affected stakeholders will serve to reduce tension and create a neutral space for communities and actors to come together.

About the commission

 

At the behest of the Ministry of the Office of the State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and in collaboration with the Kofi Annan Foundation, the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State has been founded as a neutral and impartial body which aims to propose concrete measures for improving the welfare of all people in Rakhine state. It is composed of six local and three international experts, and is chaired by Kofi Annan. In its work, it considers humanitarian and developmental issues, access to basic services, legal questions including citizenship and the assurance of basic rights, and security to all people in all communities. It will submit its final report and recommendations to the Government of Myanmar in the second half of 2017.