The 2nd Advisory Forum on National Reconciliation and Peace in Myanmar, organized by Religions for Peace (RfP), entered its second day at the Thingaha Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
Participants first shared the suggestions from yesterday’s discussion circles on different sectors.
Daw Aye Aye Myint, Rector, Yangon University of Education, shared five suggestions from the discussion circle on the education sector. Daw Angela Thaung of RfP shared 5 suggestions from the circle for equal rights and responsibilities of different races and minorities.
Daw San San Myint of RfP shared 11 suggestions from the women empowerment and inclusivity circle. Sayar Samuel from RfP detailed the 7 suggestions from the interacting with youth and child protection circle. And, RfP core member U Aye Lwin outlined the 7 challenges from the circle on defining characteristics of Rakhine State, uniqueness, and common challenges. Thereafter, they responded to questions from participants.
Later, Co-Moderator Rev Kosho Niwano of the International RfP in Japan and Moderator Prof. Dr. Din Syamsuddin of the International RfP in Indonesia shared their opinions on the results of the discussion circles.
Next, the Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture, Thura U Aung Ko, said it was important to implement the suggestions from the second advisory forum within the designated timeframe.
Afterwards, RfP Patron Cardinal Charles Bo, RfP Chairman U Myint Swe, and the Honorary President of International RfP, Bishop Gunnar Stålsett, delivered the closing speeches and concluded the forum.
The suggestions produced from the discussion circles will be sent to the relevant authorities for implementation.
U Seindita, the abbot of Asia Light monastery in Pyin Oo Lwin, and Sayadaws, Myanmar National Human Rights Commission Chairman U Win Mra, departmental officials, officials of RfP, and representatives of RfP groups from the states and regions attended the last day of the advisory forum. —MNA
(Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)