Rakhine Commision

Mandate of the Commission

Goals and Objectives

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

  1. 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. To publish a report containing a series of recommendations to address the challenges identified jointly by the Commission and the Government of Myanmar. 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. To develop its recommendations in a manner that 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 was founded in September 2016 as a neutral and impartial body which aims to propose concrete measures for improving the welfare of all people in Rakhine state. Its mandate expired after the submission of its final report in September 2017. It was composed of six local and three international experts, and was chaired by Kofi Annan. In its work, it considered 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.