The petition is the latest indication of the challenges ahead for Bangladesh and Burma as they try to engineer the return of up to 655,500 refugees.
A 600-strong crowd in Sittwe called for the Burmese government to refuse to repatriate the Muslim refugees who fled recently to Bangladesh.
“No peace here, no peace back in Myanmar,” said Sheel. “We should be taken to Hindustan, that’s our land.”
The 15-member committee will oversee a host of measures, including those related to rule of law, economic development, the closure of IDP camps, and citizenship issues.
“The fisheries department intends to ensure there is no shortage of fish despite the ongoing violence in Maungdaw.”
The move comes after months of tensions and violent incidents, including the murder last week of at least six ethnic Mro villagers in a highland village in Maungdaw Township.