Field Trip to Rakhine State
Updated: Oct 9, 2018
On 31st August 2018, ICOE made a day trip to the affected areas in the Northern Rakhine to have an understanding of the prevailing environment. They toured the villages in the Maungdaw region such as Nga Khu Ya, General Administrative Department and Shwe Zar. ICOE inspected one of the Reception Centres for returnees to understand the process of verification and to see first-hand the preparedness of Myanmar for the returnees.
ICOE also had candid discussions with various communities in the various villages in the region namely Rakhines, Muslims and Hindus living in mixed village. Furthermore, ICOE also had a chance to speak with some survivors and their family-members of the terrorist’s attacks on 25-26th October 2016 and a family of eight (8) members who had returned to Myanmar on their own volition and not under the “Arrangement”.
During the visit, the Commission met with Rakhine Chief Minister and was briefed on the government’s efforts for the repatriation process for the displaced persons who crossed over to Bangladesh after the terrorist attacks on 16 October 2016 and 25 August 2017 by ARSA in line with the principle of “voluntary, safe and dignified return” under the “Arrangement” signed by Myanmar and Bangladesh governments on 23 November 2017. The activities of the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement, and Development in Rakhine (UEHRD) and their ten task forces were also elaborated.