Two Senior Arakanese Politicians Included in Recent Commission into Sectarian Unrest in Arakan

Two Arakanese senior politicians have been included in the government formed commission to investigate the causes of recent sectarian violence in Arakan state.

The two Arakanese leaders are; Dr Aye Muang, the president of the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party which won 34 seats in 2010 election and U Aye Tha Aung, the president of the Arakan League for Democracy which won 11 seats in the 1990 election.

President Thein Sein announced the formation of the commission on Friday. The two Arakanese leaders will work with 25 other members who are former government employees, politicians, religious leaders, student leaders and artists.

The commission is going to be led by the former director of the Religious Affairs Ministry Dr Myo Myint. Dr Kyaw Yin Hlaing from the  Myanmar Egress will act as secretary.

According to a report from the state-run ‘Burma’ newspaper, the Commission is to investigate the following matters so as to expose the
incident and present suggestions along with reviews.

(1) The causes of the conflict that undermined peace and stability.
(2) Casualties, property losses and other damages incurred due to the conflict.
(3) Measures taken for restoring peace and stability.
(4) Rescue and rehabilitation tasks.
(5) Short and long-term measures to be taken for ending the conflict.
(6) Discovering how to facilitate peaceful coexistence between different
creeds and ethnic groups.
(7) Suggestions for law enforcement.
(8) Suggestions for economic and social development.

The Presidential Office and the Rakhine State Government are to make arrangements for security and administrative affairs while the
Investigation Board is on duty, said the report.

The deadly sectarian violence in western Rakhine state between Buddhists and the Muslim took place in June. 83 people were killed and tens of thousands displaced.

The commission is tasked with proposing solutions that will end the longstanding hatred between the two communities and is to submit its findings by September 17th.

The formation of commission to investigate recent unrest came after president Thein Sein rejected calls from the United Nations and human rights groups for independent investigators.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has since welcomed the establishment of the commission ordered by President Thein Sein.