Saturday, 4 April 2015

At least 7 people were arrested recently including a village headman over the blatant allegation of helping the 4 victims that had earlier escaped from detention in Auk-Neyak (Razarbill), Rathedaung Township, according to reliable sources.

The arrested victims were identified as 1. Mohd Amin s/o U Bosho 40 (Headman of the village)

Ismail s/o U zakari 35
Ismail Minor son 16
Futikka s/o Abdu salam 20
Aman Ullah s/o Filali 44
Rahmat Ulah s/o Filali 45
Mv Nabi Hussain s/o U Taher 32 (An Imam of the Mosque)
All hail from Auk-Neyak (Razarbill village of Rathedaung Township and all the villagers are in fear of arrest and inhuman torture.

On February 8 2015, 7 innocent Rohingyas were arrested from same village over the allegations of refusing to participate in the census re-enumeration process, while many other villagers were also tortured then.

Of them, two persons were released and one of them named Boni Amin son of Ayub 22 was jailed for five years.

Other four people — Mv. Yousuf Jalal son of Sayed Ahmed 52, Mv Mohd Ali son of Hafez Ahmed 42, Iman Hussain son of Furuk Ahmed 42, Abdu Salam son of Sultan 48, were severely tortured in the Custody till 22nd March 2015.

They came to know they will be jailed on 24th March 2015 by the source of the BGP commander. Hence, they managed to escape from the detention to avoid the arbitrary jail term on 22nd March midnight. Having had many troubles on the way, they finally reached to Bangladesh according to the latest information received.

On the other hand, 7 BGP personnel were held guilty for the escape of the detainees and subsequently ordered to be suspended. But the BGP pleaded for one-month-time before taking action against them and said they would arrest the detainees that had fled.

Now, in the village, some of the puppets of the authority provided a list of some innocent villagers to the authority alleging them helping the escapees with food and still in touch with them.

But the escaped victims have reached Bangladesh; our sources confirmed talking to them by telephone. Therefore, the Border Guard Police is baselessly alleging the innocent people of giving shelter to them and subsequently torturing them.

The fearful villagers would like to request all the concerned authority and individuals to helping them though true information of the escapees to the authority and to stop further harassment on the innocent villagers.
ROHINGYA DENIED RIGHT TO VOTE – NEW BRIEFING ON ‘WHITE CARD’ WITHDRAWAL

Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK today publishes a new briefing paper the escalation of repression of the Rohingya by President Thein Sein by withdrawing their right to vote.

The briefing paper: ‘The Rohingya, the Citizenship Law, temporary registration, and implementation of the Rakhine State Action Plan’, is available at http://brouk.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Briefing-Paper-on-White-Card.pdf.

On February 11th 2015, President Thein Sein announced that all Temporary Registration Certificates, known as ‘White Cards’, would expire on 31st March 2015, and had to be returned to the authorities by 31st May.

At a stroke, this move has disenfranchised around a million people, mostly ethnic Rohingya, from the upcoming general election due in Burma in November 2015. It also prevents the Rohingya from taking part in a possible referendum on Burma’s constitution, which could take place this year.

The response from the international community to this further attack on the rights of the Rohingya was almost complete silence.

Having stripped the Rohingya of one of the few rights they did have, the ability to vote, President Thein Sein now intends to fully apply the 1982 Citizenship Law on the Rohingya. All Rohingya will now be processed under this law. But the provisions of this law mean that the vast majority, some experts predict well above ninety-percent, will not be able to meet the citizenship requirements of the discriminatory 1982 Citizenship Law. The intention of the Burmese government is then to place all these Rohingya into what amount to giant concentration camps, and then seek countries for them to be deported to.

The briefing paper also highlights the failure of the British government to take practical action to try to prevent further repression.

Although the British government has provided financial support for aid to internally displaced Rohingya, senior UN officials still describe the situation in the camps as the worst they have ever seen. Despite this, the British government is not supporting calls for higher level international pressure to persuade the Burmese government to allow unhindered international humanitarian access to the camps, such as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon personally taking the lead in negotiating humanitarian access.

The British government is refusing to support calls for a United Nations Commission of Inquiry into human rights violations and government policies against the Rohingya. Instead it says it is calling on the Burmese government to conduct its own investigations, even though they are aware that the Burmese government will not do so.

“It appears that no matter how serious the human rights violations against the Rohingya are, and what new policies President Thein Sein brings in to repress the Rohingya and try to drive the Rohingya out of Burma, it has no impact at all on the British government’s policy of supporting the Burmese government,” said Tun Khin, President of Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK.

For more information please contact Tun Khin on +44 (0) 7888714866.
An accidental fire destroyed around 28 Rohingya homes and two religious buildings in Buthidaung Township around 3:30PM today, eyewitnesses said.  

The incident of the blaze took place in a Rohingya village called ‘Darpaing Sara’ in northern Buthidaung Township.

The two religious buildings include one Mosque and a Religious School. The villagers are said to have lost millions worth properties in the fire. Besides, three cattle got burned alive as the people were unable to find ways to save them due to the extreme blaze.

“The fire brigade, as usual, didn’t arrive in time as the fire happened to have occurred in our village and caught our homes” said a villager.  

The fire is said to have started from the kitchen of a poor man’s home as he was cooking some vegetables.

Later, Buthidaung Authority arrested the man responsible for the cause of the fire.

Monday, 30 March 2015

A Rohingya fisher man namely Nur Muhammad(35yrs);son of Muhammad from Dar Paing village(one of Rohingya villages),Sittwe, Arkan went out for fishing on 28.3.2015. When he got near Aung Daing village (one of Rakhinese village),Sittwe fishing a long the river,he caught by was a gang of Rakhinese extremist of Aung Daing village and he was brutally killed by Rakhines gang and his dead body was thrown in the river near by the Rohingya Muslim village, Say Thama Gyi,Sittwe on 29.3.2015. On 28.3.2015 the village admin of Aung Daing contacted the village admin of Dar Paing (both of them are Rakhinese) and said that a Muslim entered his village and the villagers caught him alive. Dar Paing village admin shared the info with the wife of the fisherman in the village. Wife of the fisherman contacted the Village admin of Aungd Daing but did not pick up the phone on 29.3.2015. Eventually she went to Camp police station in Man Zhi and informed about missing of her hubby.Then heard that a Rohingya dead body was found being floated in the river at 8 am on 29.3.2015. The hands and feet of dead body was tied up with rope. The villagers took the corpse to Say Tha Ma Gyi village. Tomorrow morning they will bury the dead body if the police don't arrive. If the police arrive the dead body will be taken to mortuary in Sittwe General Hospital. For more details, please contact the sister of Nur Muhammad who was brutally killed by Rakhinese gang.




Saturday, 28 March 2015

The authority in Maungdaw district in cooperation with Rakhine extremists has been attempting to create unrests in the Rohingya region by misleading the higher authority with purported misinformation and propaganda since last few days, according to the reliable sources.

Firstly, the Rakhine (Magh) have spread rumors that Rohingya students in Maungdaw Township would protest against the ban on their access to tertiary education. And then, they have spread another blatant rumor that ISIS members are sneaking into the region.

Therefore, around 200 military and police personnel were deployed at the Maungdaw Football Stadium. And the security has been tightened with the deployment of the military and the Border Guard Police in other places such as northern Maungdaw and northern Buthidaung townships.

“We abide by the laws and orders of the country. And these are rumors and propaganda that the extremists in the Maungdaw Administration and the Rakhine extremists so that the reconciliation initiatives being taken by some concerned quarters for co-existence between Rakhine and Rohingya fail. We fear that Hindu people, sister community of ours, who are our look-alikes, will be used in the disguise of Rohingya Muslims as the protesters to create unrests in our region” said an elder Rohingya in the Maungdaw township.  

As expected, 20 Hindu students holding some banners gathered at the football stadium around 8:30AM yesterday and started protesting in disguise of Rohingya students. Then, the authority took photographs of the paid protesters in their protesting positions. They also took photographs while in the positions of the Border Guard Police dispersing the protesters and chasing them for arrests.

What the paid protesters were made to demand are “we are Rohingya people. We are not Bengalis. If the government can’t grant us the status of Rohingya, we demand them to consider something for us etc.”

Similarly, Hindu people were used by the authority for their political interests. They were paid or forced to act for cameras and portrayed as if Rohingyas were creating unrests at the beginning of the violence in June 2012.

These latest signs of the possible unwanted unrests in the Rohingya region have been growing since the visit of the leader of 969 Terrorist Gang, Monk Wira Thu, to Maungdaw. Therefore, according to the latest reports, there will be operations by the Military and the Border Guard Police along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border and the security along the border have been severely tightened.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Brutality against Rohingya children in Arakan State by Burmese authority much more...




BUKIT MERTAJAM, Malaysia  - Abul Kassim, a Rohingya asylum seeker, was snatched from his home in the northern Malaysian state of Penang on Jan. 12. The next morning, his beaten and bloodied body was found.

That day, police moved on the 40-year-old's alleged killers. Raiding a house in the neighboring state of Kedah, they rescued 17 Rohingya migrants being held against their will, according to a statement by Penang police.

Eight alleged traffickers from Malaysia, Myanmar and Bangladesh were arrested.

The murder of Abul Kassim casts rare light on what Rohingya activists say is widespread abuse by human traffickers in Malaysia, who are willing to use extreme methods to protect their lucrative but illegal business.

Abul Kassim regularly supplied police with information on the activities of traffickers, said Abdul Hamid, president of the Kuala Lumpur-based Rohingya Society in Malaysia.

Since 2012, more than 100,000 stateless Rohingya Muslims have fled violence and poverty in Myanmar. Most travel in traffickers' boats to Thailand, where they are held by traffickers in squalid jungle camps before a ransom is paid.

Relatively wealthy Malaysia to the south is the destination for most Rohingya who flee. For some, it is far from safe.

Relatives and witnesses told Reuters of three abductions in Penang in 2013 and 2014, from a home, a coffee shop and the street. In addition, a Rohingya man was confined and tortured after being brought by traffickers through Thailand.

Three of the four cases ended in murder, they said.

Fortify Rights, a Southeast Asia-based rights group, documented another three suspected killings of Rohingya by traffickers last year.

Banned from legally working and fearful of police harassment, few victims bring their case to authorities. Those who do say police have taken little action.

Confirming cases is difficult. Local media give the issue little coverage and Penang state police did not respond to further questions about Abul Kassim's killing. National police spokeswoman Asmawati Ahmad did not reply to Reuters' questions on that case or other suspected Rohingya murders.

Interviewed by Reuters in late 2014, Penang police chief Abdul Rahim Hanafi denied traffickers had killed any Rohingya in the state that year.

    

"WE ARE NOT SAFE"

Police quoted in the local media said Abul Kassim's killing was likely to be connected to a money dispute.

A Kuala Lumpur-based Rohingya leader, who declined to be named for fear of retribution, said quantifying crimes was difficult due to the power and reach of traffickers in northern Malaysia.

"If we try to get information about the traffickers, they will simply target the person who tries to get information. We are not safe," he said.

Such cases include the alleged abduction and murder of Rohingya cousins Harun and Sayed Noor in 2013 and 2014, according to witnesses interviewed by Reuters.

Harun, 35, had his first run-in with traffickers in early 2013, when he was kidnapped from a Penang shop and held for a week for a ransom of 7,000 ringgit ($1,942), recalled his uncle, Mohammad Salim, 50.

After his release, Harun lodged a complaint with police and fled into hiding, Salim said.

In retaliation, traffickers took his cousin Sayed Noor, aged about 30, and held him as barter for Harun and 50,000 ringgit, Salim said. Several months later, Sayed turned up dead, his body showing signs of torture and mutilation.

In early 2014, the traffickers caught up with Harun.

Months later, his uncle, Salim, received a call from a Thai mobile number, telling him to leave town.

"The trafficker told me himself he had killed Harun."

A similarly chilling message was sent with the alleged murder last March of Sadek Akbar, 17, who had traveled from Myanmar with the help of traffickers.

After passing through a Thai camp and being ransomed for release, Sadek was imprisoned in a safehouse in Penang. Traffickers then demanded 2,000 ringgit for Sadek's release, his uncle, Altaf Hussain, told Reuters.

"We couldn't afford it, so they beat him to death and dropped him by the side of the road," Altaf, 48, told Reuters.

Altaf's account of retrieving the body from hospital was verified by another Rohingya witness and a Malaysian journalist, who both declined to be named.

   

"MILLIONS OF DOLLARS"

Hampering a full account of the problem is Malaysia's patchy record of protecting millions of migrants, including nearly 150,000 registered refugees and asylum seekers living there.

Relatives of victims are reluctant to report crimes to police, fearing months of detention for migration violations and shakedowns for bribes, according to Fortify Rights executive director Matthew Smith.

"There are millions of dollars being made through the trafficking of Rohingya. It's unsurprising that illicit profits of that magnitude would bring out violent behavior," he said.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) declined to comment on specific criminal cases, but has received "regular reports of abuse, intimidation and exploitation of Rohingya refugees," said spokeswoman Yante Ismail.

"Under Malaysian law, all refugees are treated as undocumented and illegal migrants, and there is no national system in place to provide them with protection.