Independent enquiry commission reports findings on Rakhine issue to Myanmar president


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  • Monday, 20 Jan 2020

Senior Philippine diplomat Rosario Manalo handing over a memento from the Inquiry Board to the State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi. - Eleven Media Group/ANN

NAYPYITAW: The Independent Commission of Enquiry (ICOE) reported its findings on the Rakhine issue to Myanmar President U Win Myint on Monday (Jan 20).

It said while there were crimes committed by the Army but there were never genocidal intent by the soldiers or the government.

The four-member team led by Rosario Manalo, former deputy foreign minister of the Philippines, submitted the report to the Myanmar president at the presidential palace in capital city Nay Pyi Taw.

The commission, established by the Myanmar government in July 2018, was tasked with investigating allegations of human rights violations committed during a Tatmadaw (military) offensive against the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army in Rakhine in August 2017.

The commission was also part of Myanmar's national initiative to address reconciliation, peace, stability and development in the state.

Assisted by national and international legal and technical experts, the commission was tasked to investigate the allegations of human rights violation and related issues following the attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) in 2017.

The ARSA armed group launched attacks on police outposts in Myanmar's Rakhine state on Aug 25, 2017, displacing a vast number of residents to neighbouring Bangladesh. Senior Philippine diplomat Rosario Manalo, who heads the panel, met with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi after the report was submitted to the president.

Other members of the panel were Japanese Ambassador Kenzo Oshima, former chair of Myanmar Constitutional Tribunal U Mya Thein, and former senior UNICEF official Aung Tun Thet. - Xinhua/Eleven Media Group/Asian News Network
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