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High-powered Myanmar team in Dhaka to probe allegations

Published : Sunday, 18 August, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 807

The Myanmar government has sent a high-powered team to investigate the allegations of human rights violations in the Rakhine state.
Former UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief Kenzo Oshima and former senior official at UNICEF Prof Dr Aung Tun Thet along with two other members arrived in Dhaka on Saturday evening to conduct the investigate for four days, according to the sources at the Foreign Ministry.
"The team will visit Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar and talk with the Foreign Ministry and UN officials dealing with the Rohingya issues here," a senior official at the Foreign Ministry confirmed.
He said this is an advance team to collect information from the ground. However, another two teams will come here for vivid investigation into human rights issues.
Last year, the Myanmar government has formed a four-member 'independent' commission to investigate the allegations of human rights violations in the Rakhine state following attacks on security forces' check posts.
The commission's formation was disclosed in a press release posted on the Myanmar President's website. According to the
release, the Myanmar government established the commission as part of its national initiative to address reconciliation, peace, stability and development in Rakhine.
 "The Independent Commission will investigate the allegations of human rights violations and related issues following the terrorist attacks by Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA)", it added.
National and international legal and technical experts will assist the commission, according to the website.
More than 1.1 million Rohingya refugees are currently sheltered in Cox's Bazar.
According to the media report, different Rohingya diasporas also said that such commission is not new and an independent and impartial investigation panel already exists in the form of the UN Human Rights Council-mandated Fact-Finding Mission (FFM). But the Myanmar government refused to cooperate with the FFM.
On May 30 in 2018, the Government of Myanmar announced its latest "International Commission of Enquiry" (ICOE) to investigate human rights violations in Rakhine State.
Its creation follows at least eight other special government inquiries and boards conducted since 2012 in Rakhine State alone.

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