Burma Times: Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of the NLD government, , will lead a new Committee dedicated to restoring peace and development in western Burma’s Rakhine state, where the Rohingya Muslim minority is persecuted, according to local press report on Wednesday.
According to Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper, 19 more members of the new Cabinet will be included in the new Committee. It will also be playing its role for coordinating the operations of United Nation agencies and international NGOs working in the area..
Although restrictions imposed there, these organizations work in the area to assist the persecuted Rohingya, a minority group whose existence in Burma generations to generations, who are not recognized as Burmese citizens but are considered Bengali immigrants.
Approximately, 140,000 of the Rohingya are confined in 67 squalid camps and suffer various kinds of restrictions and dire conditions since the eruption of communal violence in 2012 between this minority and the Buddhist majority in the region that resulted in at hundreds of deaths.
The previous government lifted the state of emergency imposed since then in Rakhine state where the restrictions of movement and access to education imposed on Rohingya minority and their land properties are confiscated for Rakhine settlers who have intruded in Burma from Bangladesh.
Just after a week of the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, called upon Suu Kyi to restore human rights in Rakhine State western Burma after a meeting in which both discussed the situation of the Rohingya minority, the founding of the committee was declared.