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Mr. Annan addresses Youth Leaders at the Centre for Diversity and National Harmony in Yangon. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
A youth leader poses a question to Mr. Annan at the Centre for Diversity and National Harmony in Yangon on 1st Dec. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State met with Muslim political party representatives from National Democratic Party for Development, Democracy and Human Rights Party and Muslim academics in Yangon on 1st Dec. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State met with Muslim political party representatives from National Democratic Party for Development, Democracy and Human Rights Party and Muslim academics in Yangon on 1st Dec. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State met with Religious leaders from all main faiths in Myanmar in Yangon on 1st Dec. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State met with Rakhine Ethnic Affairs Minister & Yangon based Rakhine opinion leaders in Yangon on 1st Dec. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State met with Rakhine Ethnic Affairs Minister & Yangon based Rakhine opinion leaders in Yangon on 1st Dec. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Mr. Annan visits Shwedagon Pagoda on 1st Dec evening. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State met with ANP and NLD representatives from Rakhine to the Union Hluttaw on Dec 5th. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State met with ANP and NLD representatives from Rakhine to the Union Hluttaw on Dec 5th. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State met with ANP and NLD representatives from Rakhine to the Union Hluttaw on Dec 5th. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State met with President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in Naypyidaw on Dec 5th. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State met with President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in Naypyidaw on Dec 5th. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State met with President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in Naypyidaw on Dec 5th. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State met with Members of the Central committee for implementation of peace, stability and development in Rakhine state in Naypyidaw on Dec 5th. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State met with Rakhine State Government in Sittwe on Dec 2. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State met with Rakhine Civil Society Organisations Led by Youth Groups in Sittwe Dec 2. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State met with Civil Society Organisations in Sittwe Dec 2. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State visits Wapeik Village, the North of Maungtaw District on Dec 3. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State met with Muslim community in Kyatyoepyin Village on Dec 3. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State met with Muslim Community in Kyatyoepyin Village on Dec 3. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State met with Rakhine Township elders at Buthidaung Village on Dec 3. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State visits Buthidaung Hospital on Dec 3. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State visits Shittaung Pagoda in Mrauk-U. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State met with locals from PaungToke village-tract in Mrauk-U on Dec 4. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State visits Myebon Township on Dec 4. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State met with Commander in Chief of the Myanmar Armed force in Naypyidaw on Dec 6th. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State met with Commander in Chief of the Myanmar Armed force in Naypyidaw on Dec 6th. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State met with State Counsellor of Myanmar in Naypyidaw on Dec 6th. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State met with State Counsellor of Myanmar in Naypyidaw on Dec 6th. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State hold a press conference at Sule Shangri-la Hotel in Yangon on Dec 6th. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State hold a press conference at Sule Shangri-la Hotel in Yangon on Dec 6th. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meet with members of civil society, the local business community, and regional youth groups at Kyaukpyu Hotel, Kyaukpyu Township on January 17, 2017. (Photo - Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
DR. MYA THIDAR (A member of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State) in discussion with a group at Kyaukpyu Hotel, Kyaukpyu Township on January 17, 2017. (Photo - Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Dr. Thar Hla Shwe (A member of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State) in discussion with a group at Kyaukpyu Hotel, Kyaukpyu Township on January 17, 2017. (Photo - Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of civil society, the local business community and regional youth groups speak with members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State at Kyaukpyu Hotel, Kyaukpyu Township on January 17, 2017. (Photo - Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of civil society, the local business community and regional youth groups speak with members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State at Kyaukpyu Hotel, Kyaukpyu Township on January 17, 2017. (Photo - Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of civil society, the local business community and regional youth groups speak with members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State at Kyaukpyu Hotel, Kyaukpyu Township on January 17, 2017. (Photo - Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meet with members of civil society, the local business community, and regional youth groups at Kyaukpyu Hotel, Kyaukpyu Township on January 17, 2017. (Photo - Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
U KHIN MAUNG LAY (A Member of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State) presents findings from group discussions with members of civil society, the local business community, and regional youth groups at Kyaukpyu Hotel, Kyaukpyu Township on January 17, 2017. (Photo - Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of civil society, the local business community and regional youth groups speak with members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State at Kyaukpyu Hotel, Kyaukpyu Township on January 17, 2017. (Photo - Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of civil society, the local business community and regional youth groups speak with members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State at Kyaukpyu Hotel, Kyaukpyu Township on January 17, 2017. (Photo - Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meet with members of civil society, the local business community, and regional youth groups at Kyaukpyu Hotel, Kyaukpyu Township on January 17, 2017. (Photo - Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of civil society, the local business community and regional youth groups speak with members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State at Kyaukpyu Hotel, Kyaukpyu Township on January 17, 2017. (Photo - Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
LAETITIA VAN DEN ASSUM (A member of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State) meets with members of civil society, the local business community and regional youth groups at Kyaukpyu Hotel, Kyaukpyu Township on January 17, 2017. (Photo - Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meet and discuss with members of Kyaukpyu District General Administration Department at Kyaukpyu Township on January 17, 2017. (Photo - Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meet and discuss with members of Kyaukpyu District General Administration Department at Kyaukpyu Township on January 17, 2017. (Photo - Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meet and discuss with members of Kyaukpyu District General Administration Department at Kyaukpyu Township on January 17, 2017. (Photo - Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meet and discuss with members of Kyaukpyu District General Administration Department at Kyaukpyu Township on January 17, 2017. (Photo - Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Regional government staff present on Kyaukpyu Special Economic Zone and Development Plan to members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State at Kyaukpyu District General Administration Department, Kyaukpyu Township on January 17, 2017. (Photo - Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meet and discuss with members of Kyaukpyu District General Administration Department at Kyaukpyu Township on January 17, 2017. (Photo - Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meet and discuss with members of Kyaukpyu District General Administration Department at Kyaukpyu Township on January 17, 2017. (Photo - Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meet and discuss with members of Kyaukpyu District General Administration Department at Kyaukpyu Township on January 17, 2017. (Photo - Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meet and discuss with the town elders of the community at Kyaukpyu Hotel, Kyaukpyu Township on January 17, 2017. Photo - Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State
Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meet and discuss with the town elders of the community at Kyaukpyu Hotel, Kyaukpyu Township on January 17, 2017. Photo - Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State
Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meet and discuss with the town elders of the community at Kyaukpyu Hotel, Kyaukpyu Township on January 17, 2017. Photo - Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State
Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meet with Rakhine town elders in Ramree on Janurary 18, 2017. (Photo – Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meet with Rakhine town elders in Ramree on Janurary 18, 2017. (Photo – Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meet with Rakhine town elders in Ramree on Janurary 18, 2017. (Photo – Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meet with Rakhine town elders in Ramree on Janurary 18, 2017. (Photo – Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meet with Rakhine town elders in Ramree on Janurary 18, 2017. (Photo – Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Representatives of the Kaman community discuss their experiences and hardships living in an IDP camp with members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State. (Photo – Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Representatives of the Kaman community discuss their experiences and hardships living in an IDP camp with members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State. (Photo – Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
U AYE LWIN (a member of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State) visits and observes the mosque inside the Kaman IDP camp. (Photo – Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
The Commission arrives in Yae Nan Taung village to observe small oil wells which were excavated by villagers on January 18, 2017 (Photo – Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State observe small scale oil wells by villagers in Yae Nan Taung village in Kyaukpyu township on January 18, 2017 (Photo – Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State speak with villagers from Ma La Kyun, Kyaukpyu township on January 18, 2017 (Photo – Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State speak with villagers from Ma La Kyun, Kyaukpyu township on January 18, 2017 (Photo – Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meet with representatives of Kaman community at the Kyauk Ta Lone IDP camp in Kyaukpyu township on January 18, 2017. (Photo – Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meet with representatives of Kaman community at the Kyauk Ta Lone IDP camp in Kyaukpyu township on January 18, 2017. (Photo – Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
The representatives of the Kaman community discuss their experiences and hardships living in the Kyauk Ta Lone IDP camp to the members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine state. (Photo – Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
The Commission leaves from Kyauk Ta Lone IDP camp near Kyaukpyu on January 18, 2017. (Photo – Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Statement by Kofi Annan, Chair of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State (Interim Report)Let me make a few introductory remarks on our report. First, we should  accept that the nature of the crisis facing Rakhine state has changed due to the attacks of 9 October and the subsequent security operations. This has led to investigations and reports by the United Nations and human rights agencies. However, we as the Advisory Commission are guided by our mandate to focus mainly on long-standing obstacles to peace and development in Rakhine State. We recognise that the challenges facing Rakhine State and its peoples are complex and the search for lasting solutions will require determination, perseverance and … Continue reading

MEDIA ADVISORY

MEDIA ADVISORY

The Advisory Commission on Rakhine State would like to invite you to a Press Conference for a presentation of its interim recommendations for the Myanmar government. Date: March 16, 2017 (Thursday) Where: Sule Shangri-La, Ground Floor, Bago Room. Time: 4pm These recommendations describe the steps the Myanmar government can take to immediately improve the situation on the ground in Rakhine, while the final report will contain more long-term recommendations. The Government of Myanmar has mandated the Commission to propose recommendations for improving the welfare of all people in Rakhine state. It is composed of six local and three international experts, …

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Statement by Kofi Annan, Chairman of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine on the Killings at Yangon airport

I strongly condemn the murders of the distinguished lawyer U Ko Ni and the driver U Nay Win, who was killed while endeavouring to apprehend the assailant. I extend my earnest condolences and deepest sympathies to the bereaved families and friends. This news is tragic and shocking. Any use of violence against those who defend human rights and the rule of law is deeply abhorrent. I firmly believe that whatever our differences dialogue and tolerance is the way forward. Violence is not the answer. I urge the authorities to investigate and sanction this heinous crime as quickly as possible.  

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Remarks by Kofi Annan, Chairman of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State

Yangon – We have since September met with a host of youth groups, community leaders, parliamentarians, women groups as well with the Government that mandated us to carry out our work. Our discussions focused on the reconciliation among the communities of Rakhine, freedom of movement, citizenship verification, and economic and social development of Rakhine state. We also spoke about the preservation and promotion of the rich cultural heritage of the state. We discussed these issues with the President, and, earlier today, when we met with the State Counselor and the Commander-in-Chief. Let me at this stage remind you that our …

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Media Advisory

Media AdvisoryThe Advisory Commission on Rakhine State would like to invite you to a Press Conference. Date: Tuesday 6 December Where: Sule Shangri-La, Ground Floor, Bago Room. Time: 4 pm This press conference will conclude the Advisory Commission's visit which started on 30 November in Yangon (30 November - 1 December) and continued in Rakhine State, including northern Rakhine State (2 December - 4 December). Commissioners during their visits interact with Government representatives, civil society, community leaders, youth groups, residents of camps and local villagers. In Nay Pyi Taw (5 December - 6 December), the Advisory Commission is scheduled to meet the State Counsellor of Myanmar, the … Continue reading
Activities of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State November / December 2016The Advisory Commission on Rakhine State convenes between 30 November and 6 December 2016. It intends to meet representatives from the Government, security forces, civil society as well as camp residents and villagers and local leaders. Please check back on this site regularly as meetings and plans may change and need to be adapted and amended due to outside circumstances. Schedule: 1 December 2016 Meetings with representatives of the INGO Forum Rakhine Network Youth Leaders at CDNH Muslim political party representatives National Democratic Party for Development Democracy and Human Rights Party Muslim academics Rakhine Ethnic Affairs Minister & Yangon based … Continue reading
Statement by Kofi Annan, Chair of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State on the recent violence in Rakhine State, MyanmarAs Chair of the Rakhine Advisory Commission, I wish to express my deep concern over the recent violence in northern Rakhine State, which is plunging the State into renewed instability and creating new displacement. All communities must renounce violence and I urge the security services to act in full compliance with the rule of law. The Advisory Commission is mandated to provide recommendations to the Myanmar government on measures for resolving the complex challenges facing Rakhine State, which are holding back the State's economic and social development.  Recent events have reinforced the urgency of tackling these challenges in order to … Continue reading
ရခိုင်ပြည်နယ်ဆိုင်ရာ အကြံပေးကော်မရှင်၏ ထုတ်ပြန်ချက်ရခိုင်ပြည်နယ်ဆိုင်ရာ အကြံပေးကော်မရှင်၏ ထုတ်ပြန်ချက် ရခိုင်ပြည်နယ်ဆိုင်ရာအကြံပေးကော်မရှင် ဥက္ကဋ္ဌနှင့် အဖွဲ့ဝင်များက ရခိုင်ပြည်နယ် မြောက်ပိုင်းဒေသတွင် ဖြစ်ပွားခဲ့သည့် တိုက်ခိုက်မှုများကို ပြင်းပြင်းထန်ထန် ကန့်ကွက်ကြောင်း ပြောကြားလိုပါသည်။ သေဆုံးခဲ့ကြသူများ၊ ဒဏ်ရာရရှိခဲ့ကြသူများ၏ မိသားစုများအား ကော်မရှင်မှ အထူးပင် ဝမ်းနည်းစာနာမိပါသည်။ ရခိုင်ပြည်သူလူထု အေးချမ်းသာယာမှုရှိရေး၊ လုံခြုံမှုရှိရေး၊ ရသင့်ရထိုက်သည့် အခြေခံအခွင့်အရေးများ ရရှိရေးနှင့် ရခိုင်ဒေသအတွင်း စီးပွားရေး ဖွံ့ဖြိုးတိုးတက်မှုရရှိရေးတို့အတွက် ကော်မရှင်အနေဖြင့် မိမိတို့၏ တာဝန်ဝတ္တရားများကို သတ်မှတ်ပေးထားသည့် လုပ်ပိုင်ခွင့်များနှင့်အညီ ဆက်လက်အကောင်အထည်ဖော်ဆောင်ရွက်သွားမည် ဖြစ်ပါသည်။ Continue reading
Statement by the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State"The Chairman and members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State strongly deplore the violent attacks perpetrated in northern Rakhine State.  The Commission extends its condolences and sympathies to the families of those who were killed or injured. The Commission continues its work and remains fully committed to fulfilling its mandate, which seeks to promote peace, security, basic rights and economic progress for the people of Rakhine State." Continue reading
Statement by Kofi Annan at the Launch of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State5 September, NRPC Yangon Thank you State Counsellor for inaugurating the Advisory Commission here at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre. This is my first visit to Myanmar. During my days as the Secretary General, I followed developments in Myanmar very closely and indeed since I left office. So I am delighted at last to be here in the country. Allow me to convey my congratulations to you and the leaders of the former government on the extraordinary success of the transitional process. I believe that it has been an inspiration for many people around the world. The search for … Continue reading