Rakhine Commision

Towards a Peaceful, Fair and Prosperous Future for the People of Rakhine

Final Report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State

After one year of consultations held across Rakhine State and in other parts of the country and the region, the Advisory Commission submitted its final report to national authorities on 23 August. The report recommends urgent and sustained action on a number of fronts to prevent violence, maintain peace, foster reconciliation and offer a sense of hope to the State’s hard-pressed population.

The final report of the Advisory Commission chaired by Kofi Annan puts forward recommendations to surmount the political, socio-economic and humanitarian challenges that currently face Rakhine State. It builds on the Commission’s interim report released in March of this year.

“Unless concerted action – led by the government and aided by all sectors of the government and society – is taken soon, we risk the return of another cycle of violence and radicalisation, which will further deepen the chronic poverty that afflicts Rakhine State”, said Kofi Annan, Chair of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State.

The final report addresses in depth a broad range of structural issues that are impediments to the peace and prosperity of Rakhine State. Several recommendations focus specifically on citizenship verification, rights and equality before the law, documentation, the situation of the internally displaced and freedom of movement, which affect the Muslim population disproportionally. An overview of the thematic focus areas of the report and its recommendations can be found below.

The report is the outcome of over 150 consultations and meetings held by the Advisory Commission since its launch in September 2016. Commission members have travelled extensively throughout Rakhine State, and held meetings in Yangon and Naypyitaw, Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh, and Geneva.

“The Commission has put forward honest and constructive recommendations which we know will create debate,” Commission Chair Kofi Annan said. “However, if adopted and implemented in the spirit in which they were conceived, I firmly believe that our recommendations, along with those of our interim report, can trace a path to lasting peace, development and respect for the rule of law in Rakhine State.”

With the submission of its final report, the Advisory Commission on Rakhine has completed its mandate. However, the Commission’s report recommends a national mechanism be established to ensure the effective implementation of its recommendations.

“We propose a ministerial-level appointment to be made with the sole function of coordinating policy on Rakhine State and ensuring the effective implementation of the Rakhine Advisory Commission’s recommendations,” says Commission Chair Kofi Annan. “The appointee should be supported by a permanent and well-staffed secretariat, which will be an integral part of the Central Committee on Implementation of Peace and Development in Rakhine State and support its work.”

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Final ReportTowards a peaceful, fair and prosperous future for the people of RakhineDownload Report
Mr Annan’s RemarksDownload Mr Kofi Annan’s remarks on the release of the reportDownload Transcript
Press ReleaseDownload this text as a PDFDownload Press Release
OverviewAn overview of the thematic focus areas of the reportDownload Overview
PhotosSelection of photos from the work of the CommissionView photos
Raw footageRaw video footage: January TripDownload Footage
Raw footageRaw video footage: May & June TripDownload Footage
Launch of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State on September 5, 2016. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Launch of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State on September 5, 2016. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
The Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meets with Rakhine State Government in Sittwe on December 2, 2016. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
The Advisory Commission on Rakhine State visits Wapeik Village, the North of Maungtaw District on December 3, 2016. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
The Advisory Commission on Rakhine State visits Buthidaung Hospital on December 3, 2016. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
The Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meets with President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in Naypyidaw on December 5, 2016 (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
The Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meets with President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in Naypyidaw on December 5, 2016. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
The Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meet with State Counsellor of Myanmar in Naypyidaw on December 6, 2016. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / 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 Kyawkpyuh Hotel, Kyawkpyuh Township on January 17, 2017. (Photo by Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
The Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meets with senior monks in Sittwe on September 6, 2016. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
The Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meets with town elders in Sittwe on September 6, 2016. (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)
The Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meets with State Counsellor of Myanmar in Naypyidaw on December 6, 2015. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
The Advisory Commission on Rakhine State holds a press conference at Sule Shangri-la Hotel in Yangon on December 6, 2015. (Photo by Aung Kyaw Moe / Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meet and discuss with members of Kyawkpyuh District General Administration Department at Kyaukpyu Township on January 17, 2017. (Photo by Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State speak with villagers from Ma La Kyun, Kyawkpyuh township on January 18, 2017. (Photo by Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State meet with representatives of the Kaman community at the Kyauk Ta Lone IDP camp in Kyawkpyuh township on January 18, 2017. (Photo by Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
The Commission meets with the Rakhine Central Committee of the Office of the State Counsellor in Naypyitaw on May 15, 2017, to provide an update on the implementation of the interim recommendations and hear input for the final report. (Photo by Flair Eyes /Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State present its interim report and recommendations to the Myanmar Government in March 16, 2017 at Sule Shangri-la Hotel in Yangon. (Photo by Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)
The Commission hears input on the interim and final report from leading national civil society organizations on May 11, 2017. (Photo by Flair Eyes/Advisory Commission on Rakhine State)

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