Monday, 17 August 2015

 Sittwe (Akyab) Township Court sentenced 18 Rohingyas to one-and-half-year Imprisonment each under immigration act Section 13 (1) on August 5, a local said.

All of the people imprisoned are locals of Sittwe Township with most of them being internally displaced people (IDP) living in the IDP Camps. They were arrested and charged by the Sittwe Immigration under ‘Illegal Border Crossing’ on April 7, 2014 for returning from Bangladesh after getting medical treatments.

“They are all innocent. There were no access for the Rohingyas here to medical and health services after the INGOs and the foreign humanitarians were ousted by the violent Rakkhine extremist mob at the end of March 2014.

They travelled to Bangladesh to have medical treatment required critically. As they returned, they were arrested and charged by the immigration,” said a local in Sittwe.

On August 5, they were sentenced to one and half year imprisonment. There were some very sick and elderly people among those imprisoned,” he added.

The locals view that the imprisonments are extremely unjust, unsympathetic and prejudicial because it happened at a time that everyone is facing miseries in the region and all over the country as the result of disastrous aftermaths of the recent Komen Cyclone and they didn’t do anything illegal by returning to their own country after taking medical treatments in Bangladesh.

On one hand, the government has declared amnesty for many prisoners in the country and released many, on another hand; they have imprisoned many innocent people.

The 18 people are

NoNameFather’s NameAgeAddress
1U Mohammed RashidU Mohammed Hussein60Bawdupha IDP Camps
2Daw Gul Bahar [sic]U Abdur Rashid82Darpaing Rwa Haung
3Daw SalimaU Abul Fazal76Darpaing IDP Camps
4U Kyaw MinU Noor Ahmed69Bumay village
5Daw ShaficaU Sharif53Bawdupha IDP Camps
6Daw AishahU Mohammed Hasan52Bawdupha IDP Camps
7U Siddique???54Bawdupha IDP Camps
8Daw Monira BegumU Hasan40Thakkay Pyin IDP Camps
9???U Abdu40Bawdupha IDP Camps
10Daw RahimaMuhammad Hasan48Bawdupha IDP Camps
11Nesar Ahmed???28Bawdupha IDP Camps
12Mohammed HusseinU Nazir Ahmed29Thay Chaung Village
13IsmailU Mohammed Rashid27Darpaing Rwa Haung
14???USiddique14Bawdupha IDP Camps
15Mohammed ShafiU Omar Siddique10Bawdupha IDP Camps
16???U Maung Hla10Bawdupha IDP Camps
17???U Abdu Nabi10Bawdupha IDP Camps
18???U Abdu Nabi7Bawdupha IDP Camps

Of the 18 people, three women, Daw Gul Bahar [sic], Daw Salima and Daw Shafica are facing severe diseases. Daw Gul Bahar [sic] was later transferred to Sittwe General Hospital for treatment.

Daw Salima is patient of Heart Disease, Chronic Gastric Pains and Kidney Diseases, Daw Shafica has asthma and had her one-eye operated and another one also needs treatments.

Later, the four under-aged children, three of age 10 and one of age 7, were released.

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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