Kofi Annan to head advisory panel on Rakhine conflict against Rohingya Muslims

Q.  Who has been appointed as the head of the advisory panel to find lasting solutions to conflict in Rakhine, Myanmar on 24th August 2016?
- Published on 25 Aug 16

a. Aung San Suu Kyi
b. Kofi Annan
c. U Thant
d. Ban Ki Moon

ANSWER: Kofi Annan
Myanmar’s government has set up an advisory panel under former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to find lasting solutions to the Rakhine state conflict against minority Rohingya Muslims.
  • Statement by the Office of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi said an agreement was set up between her office and the Kofi Annan Foundation to set up the 9 member advisory commission to resolve protracted issues in the region.
  • The panel will comprise 3 international and 6 national experts
  • Rohingya Muslims were residing in Rakhine for years but were denied citizenship as they were considered outsiders
  • Myanmar’s Buddhist majority clashed with this group in 2012 leading to 100 people dying
  • Rohingyas sought to seek refuge in other SEO countries
  • They have fallen prey to human trafficking
  • Any displaced Rohingya are now sheltering in refugee camps within the country in squalid conditions with little medical care.
  • Commission will consider humanitarian and development issues, access to basic services and basic rights and the security of Rakhine
  • Commission will make recommendations for the nation in 12 months
  • Suu Kyi is the state counsellor and foreign minister; she has been barred by the Constitution from being president but has become the country’s leader after her party won in the November 2015 elections against military junta
  • Kofi Annan was UN Chief from 1997-2006. He also won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001

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