August 13, 2017

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Maungtaw investigators travel to Bangladeshi refugee camps

Members of the Maungtaw investigation commission hold talks with Bangladeshi authorities in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh. Photo: Supplied

U Zaw Myint Pe, Secretary of Maungtaw Investigation Commission, and its members — U Tun Myat, Dr Aung Tun Thet, Dr. Daw Thet Thet Zin, U Nyunt Swe, and Daw Kyein Ngai Man — met with villagers from 18 March to 22 March in the Cox’s Bazaar refugee camp in Bangladesh in an effort to fulfil their mission for a complete and thorough investigation. Thousands of residents in northern Rakhine fled across the border to Bangladesh after insurgent attacks on border police outposts in October and November, 2016.
Meanwhile, remaining members of the commission went to the Maungtaw District for the fourth time to monitor the progress of coordination work done by the commission in the villages that were harmed in the wake of the attacks, return of displaced villagers to their locations and peace and stability of the area.
The aim of Maungtaw Investigation Commission is to submit suggestions, practical solutions, and assessments of the problems that occurred after the attacks last year, in a report to the Union Government. Hence, the commission went to the refugee camps with great difficulty, seeking the cooperation of the Bangladesh Government and respective international organizations who had taken over the responsibilities of the refugee camps.
On 19 March, the commission met with Deputy Commissioner Mr MD Ali Hossain at the office of the Cox’s Bazaar Deputy Commissioner. The meeting was attended by representatives of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
In the afternoon, commission members Dr Daw Thet Thet Zin and Daw Kyein Ngai Man questioned 17 women at the Kutupalong Refugee Camp, with U Zaw Myint Pe and other members investigating men separately.
On 20 March, commission members went to the Balukhali refugee camp, interrogating five men and three women separately, with some men investigated in a group under the arrangement of IOM. In the afternoon, they proceeded to Leda refugee camp, where they spoke to five women and three men according to arrangements made by the IOM.
On 21 March, the commission left for Dhaka, with commission members U Tun Myat and Dr Aung Tun Thet meeting with representatives of IOM & UNHCR separately.
On the morning of 22 March, the Secretary and members of the Maungtaw Investigation Commission left Bangladesh by air, arriving at the Yangon International Airport in the afternoon.
It is learnt that U Myo Myint Than, the Myanmar Ambassador to Bangladesh, and Embassy staff made advance arrangements for the Bangladesh trip.—Myanmar News Agency

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