Investigation Commission conducts second round of field trips to northern Rakhine State

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Chairman of Investigation Commission on Rakhine State talks to local people in Zinpaingnyar Village in Maungtaw Township.

Investigation Commission on Rakhine State led by Chairman Vice President U Myint Swe has begun its second field trip to Maungtaw yesterday morning, to investigate violent attacks that took place in October and November.
The aim of the commission’s second visit to the area is to investigate into the real causes of violent attacks in Maungtaw, to find means to prevent further attacks and to find out whether measures taken there during the incidents were in accordance with the law and in order to report its findings and recommendations to the President on time.
The commission led by the Vice President left Nay Pyi Taw for Sittway and proceeded to Zinpaingnya and Myothugyi Villages which experienced violent attacks.
First, the Vice President and commission met with residents of Zinpaingnya Village at the post-primary school and discussed about security and development of the village. The village was the place where about 15 people had come and beaten family members of U Nu Mammaud before abducting his two sons, one was 18 years old and another was 12 years old, on 7 November 2016. The commission interviewed some residents and attended to their needs.
Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye and Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu, who accompanied the commission, presented 99 bags of rice and 16 bags of chickpeas to residents through the village administrator. The Muslim village has a population of 8821 people of 920 households.
Then, the Vice President and the commission met with locals of Myothugyi Village at the post-primary school and talked about security, the socioeconomic situation, trade and transportation difficulties and organizing religious events in freedom, before attending to their needs.
Members of the commission Dr Daw Thet Thet Zin and Daw Kyain Ngai Man met with Muslim women of the village at the school and asked them individually whether violence against women were committed during the incidents but the local women told the commission that there had not been any violence against women in their village and that there were only rumours of such things.
Afterwards, the Vice President and the commission members visited the scene of clashes between security forces on area clearance duty when about 20 violent attackers armed with knives and other weapons attacked the security forces. Later seven bodies of the attackers, a homemade gun and three of its bullets were seized on 10 October 2016. The village is resided mostly by Muslim and has a population of 8,879 from 1,240 households. Not a house was burnt down in the village and residents live peacefully.
In the afternoon, the Vice President and the commission met with the Chief Minister, State Minister Dr Chantha, and representatives of Pyithu Hluttaw, Amyotha Hluttaw and Rakhine State Hluttaw and discussed challenges to regional security and stability and measures taken by the Rakhine State Government and assistance that should be provided by the Union government.
The Vice President explained the responsibilities of the commission, the interim report and requirements for the final report. Participants at the meeting discussed prevention of violent attacks including transportation, the rule of law, regional stability, electricity supply and issuance of citizenship scrutiny cards.
Members of the commission Dr Daw Thet Thet Zin and Daw Kyain Ngai Man met with Rakhine nationals at the Sasana Beikman Hall in Maungtaw while commission members U Thar Nyan and U Saw Thalay Saw met with Muslims at Maungtaw District General Administration Department, with Hindus at the township administration department and abbots in Muangtaw at Myoma Monastery and members of the commission U Tun Myat and U Nyunt Swe met with UN Agencies, INGO’s and local civil society organizations separately at the township administration department.
The commission has been findings facts for its final report adopting a cautious approach between acts in breach of the law and rumours.

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