20 November 2019
The Independent Commission of Enquiry (ICOE) held its twelfth meeting on 18-20 November 2019 in Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon.
The Commission met with Lieutenant General Aung Lin Dwe, Judge Advocate General, Major General Myat Kyaw, Leader of Court of Inquiry, and Major General Thaung Naing, Deputy Judge Advocate General and Leader of Legal Advisory Team. Both sides exchanged views on their respective activities, expressed appreciation for the meeting and look forward to further engagement and cooperation.
The Commission also met with Ms. Christine Schraner Burgener, United Nations Secretary General's Special Envoy on Myanmar who was updated on the latest progress of ICOE’s work. The Special Envoy reiterated her strong support to ICOE's work.
Professor Dr. Aung Tun Thet, on behalf of the ICOE, received Mr Adel M F A Al Adgham, Head of Mission of Embassy of the State of Kuwait, Myanmar and shared information about the work of ICOE and its progress.
ICOE will send a letter to the Commander-in-Chief of Tatmadaw relating to pertinent information and evidence for further investigations by Tatmadaw.
Since the visit of the Advance Team of ICOE to Bangladesh in August this year, efforts have been made to dispatch ICOE’s Evidence Collection and Verification Team (ECVT) to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh in the first week of November. ICOE provided advance information requested by Bangladesh including the logistical arrangements needed by ICOE to carry out its visit, the composition of ECVT team, the methodology of data collection as well as other information requested by the Bangladesh authorities. Final approval of ICOE’s visit has yet to be granted. This situation has given rise to serious concerns for ICOE considering that the conclusion of its work is fast approaching.
Discussions continued among the members of Commission, particularly with respect to its Final Report.
The thirteen meeting of ICOE is scheduled for the first week of December, 2019.
Office of the Independent Commission of Enquiry (ICOE)
Nay Pyi Taw
20 November 2019