Published on Tuesday, 04 December 2012 18:00
The Myanmar government reconstituted the Investigation Commission, from a body of 30 members to 16, to probe protests against the Chinese-run Lapadaungtaung copper mine project.
The commission is tasked to investigate whether the copper mine project is being implemented in line with international standards and technologies to help conserve environment; whether the project has social and natural environmental pros and cons; whether the project will bring benefits to the State and to its people; whether there are recommendations for the development of the country and in upholding the rule of law.
The body will be submitting their findings and recommendations to the president before December 31.
The members of the newly formed commission are the following: two from “88” New Generation Students Group, two from political parties, three from the governmental department, and one each from the National League for Democracy, Union Solidarity and Development Party, Myanmar National Human Rights Commission, Myanmar Environmental Institute, Myanmar Economic Holding Limited and the Myanmar Peace Centre, and one writer.
Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is the chairperson of the commission and Kyaw Tint Swe of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission is the secretary.
Some 100 monks and civilians were injured after riot police broke up protest camps at the Lapadaungtaung copper mine site on November 29. Farmers are alleging that their lands had been forcibly taken to make way for the project.
The crackdown is deemed the worst since Thein Sein took office as president in March 2011.
Other rallies were staged in Yangon and Mandalay to decry the riot police’s actions against the protesters.
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