August 13, 2017

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Commission: More investigation needed on Maungtaw

The Investigation Commission on Maungtaw pledges that it will complete its final report within the set time frame even after it was deemed that further investigation was necessary.
Vice President U Myint Swe, who chairs the commission, made the remarks at a meeting in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
“All members of the commission are obliged to write the report fully and correctly, said the vice president.
One of the main reasons for conflicts in Rakhine State is that the state lags behind in development and has a low living standard, said U Hla Maung, a retired ambassador and a patron of the Interfaith Friendship and Unity Group, said in his capacity as a member of the investigation commission.
“It is very important to work for brining unity, peace, understanding and development to both communities in Rakhine State,” he added.
The interfaith group is planning to go to northern Rakhine as part of peace and friendship mission, U Hla Maung said. At the meeting, Chief of Myanmar Police Force Police Maj-General Zaw Win, a member of the commission, clarified charges against those who were involved in the violent attacks in northern Rakhine and the possible connection between an increase in seizing drugs in Maungtaw and violent attacks.
The commission issued its interim report on Tuesday, refuting allegations of abuses by security forces.
“Concerning the claims that women were raped, the Commission interviewed local villagers and women using various methods, finding insufficient evidence to take legal action up this date. As to the arsons, investigations are underway to get sufficient evidence. Illegal arrests and torture are also being investigated.”
However, there are new cases of abduction, threats and killings of those who cooperated with departments and organisations, said the report. Legal action was taken against 485 suspects in 49 cases. Of them, 28 cases have been put on trial with 3 coming to a final conviction, according to the report.—Myanmar News Agency

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