Meeting on IDP camps, freedom of movement matters held in Rakhine State

Authorities responsible for IDPs in Rakhine hold a meeting yesterday urging camp inhabitants to cooperate with authorities to enable free movement and better livelihoods. Photo: MNA
Authorities responsible for IDPs in Rakhine hold a meeting yesterday urging camp inhabitants to cooperate with authorities to enable free movement and better livelihoods. Photo: MNA

The committee responsible for implementing the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State held a meeting on IDP camps and freedom of movement matters yesterday afternoon at the Rakhine State Government meeting hall in Sittway.
Chairman of the Implementation Committee and Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye and Implementation Committee Joint Chairman and Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu attended and addressed the speech at the meeting.
Dr. Win Myat Aye said the Rakhine State IDP camps set up in 2012 were meant to be temporary camps, but have been in existence for more than five years now.
“There is a need to provide rights of movement for those staying in the IDP camps, as well as for them to conduct matters for their livelihoods. It is more beneficial for them if they have opportunities for work, education and health instead of relying on humanitarian assistance. To implement this, those living in the IDP camps are urged to cooperate and work together according to the law”, the Union Minister said.
The Union Minister, State Chief Minister, state ministers, state-level departmental officials and people staying in the IDP camp discussed, coordinated and agreed on closing the present camp, resettling in an appropriate place and to continue discussion on details of their resettlement. Explanations were provided on the benefit of holding an NV Card and to verify nationality according to the law for acquiring freedom of movement. A NV card is a proof that the holder lived in Myanmar and will have the right to apply for national verification in accordance with the Myanmar Citizenship Law and have rights relevant to the categorisation, officials said. Children of NV card holders will also have the right to apply for national verification.
Holders of NV cards will have the right to travel to any places in Myanmar according to regional orders and instructions, visit Bangladesh and return legally through officially opened border gates with border crossing papers, fish in international waters with a valid fishing license, and move freely within the Rakhine township where they live, according to notifications issued by the Rakhine State government.
Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu, Rakhine state ministers and responsible persons then met with management committee members of the Thetkepyin IDP camp and discussed the current status of the camp, requirements to resettle Thetkepyin IDP camp inhabitants and matters relating to freedom of movement.
The coordination meeting was attended by the Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Rakhine state ministers, state-level responsible officials and responsible persons from IDP camps in Sittway. —Myanmar News Agency

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