Sittwe, 27 August 2016
Thirteen Arakanese lawmakers of Arakan State Parliament on Friday appealed to the Speaker to hold an emergency meeting to discuss about the formation of Advisory Commission for the state of human rights in Rakhine.
The nine-member commission is understood to be led by former UN secretary general Kofi Annan.
There are 47 lawmakers including 12 representatives from the Army in the Arakan State Parliament.
U Kyaw Zaw Oo, a State level lawmaker from Sittwe constituency no 2, admitted that it was true. He also added that Mray Bon township lawmaker U Mya Than recently sent a letter on behalf of 13 lawmakers to the Speaker asking for an emergency meeting over the matter.
All the signatory lawmakers belong to Rakhine’s major political party named Arakan National Party based in western Burma.
According to the Parliamentary acts, if one fourth of lawmakers demand an emergency meeting, the Speaker of Arakan State Parliament should follow their wish.
The Sparkler is yet to decide over the meeting till date.
“We will discuss primarily two topics in the meeting. The first one would be the scrutinizing citizenship process with 1982 citizenship laws. The other one would be the appointment of three foreigners in the Advisory Commission,” informed U Kyaw Zaw Oo.