Myanmar’s Lower House Rejects Proposal to Nix Foreign Expert From New Advisory Commission

Myanmar’s lower house of parliament rejected a proposal by opposition lawmakers on Monday to include only domestic experts on the government’s new three-member independent inquiry commission that will investigate human rights violations that occurred during a crackdown by security forces in Rakhine state. The crackdown in response to deadly attacks by a Muslim militant group in August 2017 included widespread atrocities against Rohingya Muslims and drove nearly 700,000 members of the ethnic minority group across the border to Bangladesh. The civilian government under the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party issued a statement on May 31 saying that the commission would include one international representative and that it would be assisted by domestic and international legal and technical experts...................................

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