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Independent Rakhine Initiative: Freedom of Movement in Rakhine State

 Category: Policies, Reports  Publisher: Independent Rakhine Initiative  Published: 31 March 2020  Tags: Freedom of MovementRakhineRohingya |  Download


Despite significant international pressure to redress these problematic policies and implement the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, in recent years the Government of Myanmar has failed to take the steps necessary to significantly ease movement restrictions.

While conflict between the Arakan Army and the Myanmar military (Tatmadaw) creates legitimate grounds for the imposition of new, albeit limited, restrictions, the reality is that individuals and communities across Rakhine State continue to face arbitrary and often discriminatory policies and practices that unduly infringe on their right to freedom of movement.

By sharing the experiences and voices of individuals from five of Rakhine State’s diverse ethnic communities (Hindu, Kaman, Maramagyi, Rakhine and Rohingya), we aim to provide an understanding of current movement dynamics across the state and to provide a platform for the government, as well as its national and international partners, to collaborate on the lifting of all restrictions on movement.