May 2019

The Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees signed an ‘Exchange of Letters’ to assist the repatriation process of displaced people from Rakhine State.

The EOL was signed to extend a previous Memorandum of Understanding between the three parties, inked on 6 June, 2018, by one more year.

The new tripartite MoU will expire on 5 June, 2020.

A 2nd High Level meeting on ASEAN cooperation in the work process of repatriating displaced persons from Rakhine State was held at Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement assembly hall yesterday morning.

The meeting was jointly chaired by Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye and ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi.

A MEMBER of the ARSA was arrested at 10.45 a.m. on 23 May in Maungtaw after he reportedly crossed over illegally into Myanmar from a camp for displaced people in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The member of the terrorist group has been identified as Mamud Hashin, also known as Shin Mullah, 22. He was residing in Samarku Camp at Palaung Khali Village in Ukhia, Cox’s Bazar district. During interrogation, he said that he had been residing in Kyikanpyin (South) Village in Maungtaw Township, and had left for Bangladesh after the August, 2017 terrorists attacks in the township.

A high level meeting on locating the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Rakhine State in safe housing before the arrival of monsoons was held yesterday in Sittway, the state’s capital.

At the meeting, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye said, “The rule of law and socio-economic progress are the Government’s highest priority programs for Rakhine State.

U NYI PU, the Chief Minister of Rakhine State and Vice Chairman of the Committee for Supporting Peace and Stability in Rakhine State, received a delegation led by Ms. Ursula Mueller, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, at his office in Sittway, Rakhine State yesterday.

They discussed the humanitarian aid supplied from the UN and international organizations for IDP camps and the UN’s response to humanitarian affairs.

The Committee for Supporting Peace and Stability in Rakhine provided aid yesterday at the state government office for those people displaced by the conflicts in Rakhine State.

Attending the event were Vice Chairman of the committee, Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu, committee members, Deputy Minister for Information U Aung Hla Tun, members of the Rakhine State Cabinet, IDP representatives, social organizations and officials.

THE committee for Supporting Peace and Stability in Rakhine State held separate meetings with political parties, experts and members of the Rakhine State Cabinet at the Rakhine State Government’s Guest House in Sittway, Rakhine State yesterday.

OF the 275 people suspected of being connected with the AA group and detained at a school in Kyauktan Village, Yathedaung Township, Rakhine State, most were released on 2,6, and 8 May after interrogators found no link between them and the armed group, according to the Office of the Commander-in Chief of Defence Services.

While 126 people were freed on 2 May, 48 were released on 6 May. They had been detained at the school by the Tatmadaw and the Myanmar Police Force for interrogation.

The second day of Workshop on Review of the Implementation of the Recommendations on Rakhine State concluded in Yangon yesterday, with open discussions on achievements and challenges in resolving Rakhine issue.

During the two-day workshop, those taking part in implementing the recommendations of the Annan Commission openly discussed and reviewed the implementations and sought better ways for future tasks, said Dr. Win Myat Aye, Chairman of the Committee for Implementing the Recommendations on Rakhine State and Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.