The Independent Commission of Enquiry-ICOE has invited individuals, groups, witnesses and alleged victims to submit their complaints or accounts, with supporting data and evidence which may consist of either audio and video materials, and/or relevant documentation,and photographs related to allegations of human rights in Rakhine State.
Chairperson of the ICOE Ambassador. Ms. Rosario Manalo announced the statement in the ceremony of giving informations through media to the people held on December 12 in Nay Pyi Taw.
The ICOE said it will investigate allegations of human rights violations and related issues, following the terrorist attacks by ARSA in Rakhine State with a view to seeking accountability and formulating recommendations on steps to be taken to ensure peace and stability in Rakhine State.In implementation of its mandate towards fact-finding, the ICOE is seeking facts related to the incidents that were initiated on 25th August 2017, and its consequences thereafter in Rakhine State.
The ICOE said it welcomes the early submissions of these evidences and data in any of the following languages: English, Myanmar, Rakhine and Bengali,asking to send the submissions not later than 31st January, 2019, to [email protected], and to the Independent Commission of Enquiry Office at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre, Zeyar Aung Myay Road, Wunna Theikkdi Ward, Zabuthiri Township, Nay Pyi Taw, (Ph:09-897663189).
Individuals who submit any ICOE invites complaints, accounts related with allegation of humanrights in Rakhine of the aforementioned evidence must be available for examination by the ICOE.Those who wish to come forward to give testimony, are requested to notify their intention by any means.
ICOE’s announcement stated that it will arrange a mutually convenient time and place for meeting and all submissions will be kept confidential.
The ceremony was attended by ICOE Ambassador.Ms. Rosario Manalo and membersof the commission U MyaThein, former chairman of theState Constitutional Tribunal,former Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian and Emergency Relief Coordinator and former Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, Ambassador Kenzo Oshima, and Professor Dr. Aung Tun Thet.
The Independent Commission of Enquiry was established as part of Myanmar’s national initiative to address reconciliation, peace, stability and development in Rakhine.