y Pyi Taw, June 1: Nobel laureate and Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung Sang Suu Kyi will chair a new committee dedicated to promoting peace and development in Rakhine state, where the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority lives, officials said on Wednesday. The founding of the committee was announced a week after the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, urged Suu Kyi who is also the country’s foreign minister, to promote human rights after a meeting in which both discussed the situation of the Rohingya minority. The committee will include 19 more members of the new Cabinet, according to the state newspaper Global New Light of Myanmar.
Among other matters, it will be responsible for coorditing the activities of UN agencies and intertiol NGOs working in the area. These organizations work, albeit with restrictions, in the area to assist the Rohingyas, a minority living in Myanmar for centuries, who are not recognised as Burmese citizens but are considered Bengali immigrants. (ians)