Monday, 28 December 2015
A French national working with an Islamic NGO has been arrested in Bangladesh, reportedly accused of “suspicious activities” that could mean up to 10 years in jail. He was working with the Rohingya minority, Muslims who have fled persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.
Puemo Tchantchuing, who prefers to be known as Moussa Ibn Yacoub since his conversion to Islam, was arrested on Tuesday 22 December and has been detained since then.
As well as being accused of “suspicious activities”, punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment, he may be charged with using a false identity, because the name he uses is not the one on his passport and identity card, according to lawyer Samim Bolaky.
He was working for the French-based NGO Baraka City, which says he was stopped at a checkpoint while going to schools and orphanages in the south of the country where the Rohingya camps are situated.
“He is being kept in catastrophic conditions in cells that contain more than 40 prisoners,” Bolaky said.
He also faces charges for not registering with the authorities, according to Baraka City, which says that since the Rohingya are considered illegal immigrants it is not possible for the NGO to declare its presence legally.
The French embassy in Bangladesh has provided the “usual protection” and he is waiting to appear in court, France’s foreign ministry said.
Baraka City, which was founded by strict Salafist Muslims, manages a budget of several million euros.
French police have searched its premises several times and its bank accounts have been closed on more than one occassion but no connection to terrorist groups has ever been established.
Over 97,000 people had signed a Facebook petition for the detained man’s release on Sunday afternoon.
Thursday, 24 December 2015
“Anwar Sadek Iman Hussein, a young Rohingya boy, was talking to his friend on phone standing at the gate of his house. There, the BGP encountered them and accused him of using Bangala phone.
After that, they took him to their camp where they beat and threatened him for the whole night. On December 14 morning, they released him after extorting Kyat 500,000.
Friday, 18 December 2015
At least five houses were destroyed and numbers of families were displaced following a landslide in the ancient ‘Apauk Wa’ Rohingya village in Kyauktaw Township on Tuesday night, a local said.
The landslide which occurred around 11:00PM on December 15 night also killed an elderly Rohingya person visiting the village from ‘Sidir Kul (Thaydar Kadi)’ village of ‘Punna Gyun’ Township. The landslide was reportedly triggered by a strong wind and the rising water in the adjacent river, according to a local of ‘Apauk Wa’ village also known as ‘Afauk.’
Some of the victims of the landslide have taken shelter with their kin, some others have been residing in the premises some other villagers. As the landslides are likely to occur more, the locals have begun to desert their settlements in the dangerous since yesterday.
Since the landslides hit the village, the displaced families have been under serious condition as they are having no humanitarian reliefs. The local Burmese authorities have ignored the victims as well, according to a local man in Kyauktaw.
“One old man has been missing and more than five houses were destroyed. The other families have also left their homes as it is likely that more landslides will occur.
But nobody has provided them any help. They are in serious condition. They need help,” said U Maung Maung, a local Rohingya man in Kyauktaw.
“The landslides have been taking place, destroying the Rohingya homes and depreciating their lands for years. During the floods and the cyclone Komen last July, more than 40 families their homes. They are still struggling. But the government and the other relief agencies have been ignoring them,” he continued.
The ‘Apauk Wa’ is an ancient Rohingya village located nearby a river and surrounded by the hostile Rakhine (Magh) village. The government has not provided them any help to prevent the further landslide although they (the government) floored the river bank with stones to prevent the landslides against a Rakhine village not so far away. And the Rohingya villagers are too poor to take any such kind of protective measure from further landslides.
Wednesday, 16 December 2015
Saturday, 12 December 2015
After election it has increased attack to the innocent Rohingya and killed everyday the young Rohingya by the terrorist group of RNDP and ALP ! Is it rule of law or Jungle of law according to Aung Saan Suu Kyi where no security and citizenship rights to the aboriginal Rohingya community ! Is it war against Muslim Ummah by Burmese Buddhist military regime .. But no country going to attack on Myanmar military regime even innocent Rohingya killed everyday 😭😭😭
Thursday, 10 December 2015
Tuesday, 8 December 2015
The Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) shot a young Rohingya man to death in Maungdaw Township last night, according to the local reliable sources. The victim is identified to be Musaa @Maung Maung (son of) Master Abul Kalam, 25, hails from Quarter 4, Buthidaung Township. He was shot down by the BGP at Aung Mingalar village’s Check-post — before Maung Nama (Mondama) village around 10:00PM last night. “It was around 10:00PM last night he was on his way back to Buthidaung from northern Maungdaw. He was coming by a mini-van driven by a Rakhine (Magh) man, reportedly a friend/business partner of his. There were other four Rakhines on the van as well. The BGP at the ‘Aung Mingalar’ Check-post — before Maung Nama (Mondama) village — asked the car to stop. However, the van driver stopped it. Suddenly, there was a gun-shot. When we saw towards there, the bullet straightly hit on the head of the young Rohingya and he died on the spot. We don’t know anything else after that,” said an eyewitness. It has been learnt the Rakhine van-driver and other Rakhines have later gone into hiding. The BGP said that it was an accidental firing during the check-up of the van that killed the person. However, the victim’s relatives feel that the BGP wantonly shot the Rohingya youth at the point-blank-range to rob his money. According to them, he was coming back with money after having done a trade deal in ‘Kyein-Chaung (Boli Bazaar) village in northern Maungdaw. “He had around more than 10 Million Kyats with him as he was coming back. He phoned his parents before he left from Boli Bazaar around 8:00PM yesterday. So, the BGP killed him for his money. Other five Rakhines including the driver might have involved with the BGP in killing him,” said one of his relatives. The dead body of the killed victim was later admitted to Maungdaw General Hospital for post-mortem. After that, it was transferred to the family members in Buthidaung around 4:00AM today. Since recently, there has been escalation of killings of innocent Rohingya people, either by Rakhine extremists or the armed forces, all over the Arakan state. This has been the latest incident.
Saturday, 5 December 2015
The Rakhine (Magh) Extremists brutally killed a young Rohingya man in Pauktaw Township, Arakan State, this afternoon.
The victim is identified to be ‘Mohammed Harun Qasim,’ 27, hails from Plot-5, Depaing village in Sittwe (Akyab) Township. He was ganged up and killed by the Rakhine extremists around 3:30 PM today on his way to visit his relatives in ‘Kye Ni Pyin’ IDP Camps.
“We need to cross a dangerous mountain valley if we have to go to ‘Kye Ni Pyin’ village from ‘Ana Raing’ village. The mountain valley so narrow that only one person can cross/ go along at one time.
On the half way as he along with three other people, one man from ‘Ana Raing’ village and other two being children from the same village, was crossing the mountain, around 10-12 Rakhine extremists threatened and chased them. While the three people including the children managed to escape as they were familiar with the place, but unfortunately the now-killed person didn’t.
The Rakhine extremists held him and beat them with ‘Teak’ Wood Pieces. And they squashed his head with a big stone,” said a local Rohingya in Pauktaw quoting an eyewitness of the incident.
It has been learnt that the Sin-Htet-Maw Police and the military made to the place as the other three people fleeing the deadly incident reported. His dead body was there until 5:00 PM.
After that, they brought his corpse and showed to the villagers of ‘Ana Raing.’
Around 8:00 PM tonight, the dead body was taken away to the office of the township administration of Pauktaw. The police also took the three people (including the children) along with them as the witnesses to the crime (triggered by racial hatred/racism).
“He was bleeding even after he was dead. His body was of full of bruises and injuries. His head was literally squashed,” exclaimed an eyewitness.
Since the state-sponsored violence against Rohingyas in Myanmar in June 2012, Rakhine extremists have killed hundreds of Rohingyas in this brutal way all over Arakan.
Muhammad Haroon,s/o U Kasim,28 years old,Dar Paing village,Sittwe went to Anok Ywe village,Pauktaw township,Arkan to see some of his relatives 30.11.2015. 5 Dec 2015 at about 3:00 PM, Muhammad Haroon took 3 Rohingyas resident guys of Anok Ywe village as companions and they four were going to Kyin Ni Pyin IDP camp,Pauktaw from Anok Ywe village passing through mountain to see Muhammad Haroon's relative in Kyin Ni Pyin IDP camp.When they got dale,suddely a Rakhinese extremist group from Sin Aing(Rakhinese) village near the mountain came and attacked on the four Rohingy guys.So the four Rohingya guys run away to escape from Rakhinese extremists.But unfortunately 3 resident guy of Anok Ywe village could escape from Rakhinese extremist as they know the way to be out from the mountain and Muhammad Haroon couldn'r escape as he was new in the mountain and didn't know the way to be out from the mountain.Then Rakhinese extremists brutally killed Muhammad Haroon.And then the three guys came to Anok Ywe village and told the villagers what was happening with them in the mountain.Then villagers informed it to the soldiers and the soldiers went to the mountain.When the soldiers got to the mountain,Rakhinese extremists had gone and dead body of Muhammad Haroon was found with injuries.Soldirlers brought the dead body to Anok Ywe village and now the dead body would be taken to Pauktaw Hospital for post mortem.
Thursday, 3 December 2015
Tuesday, 1 December 2015
Myanmar does not use or recognize the term ‘Rohingya’ when talking about the hundreds of thousands of displaced Muslims in Arakan (Rakhine) State.
But foreign governments, leaders, journalists and NGOs use the word frequently as its their ancestral name, which dozens of Racist Bhuddist Organizations in Arakan (Rakhine) State denies to recognize.
To end that ancestral naming, more than 60 civil society groups in Arakan (Rakhine) have banded together to demand that authorities bar usage of the offending word, the Voice Weekly reported.
Daw Saw Khin Myint, the head of the Arakan (Rakhine) Literature and Cultural Development Committee, reportedly asked the government to step in during a press conference about the terminology on Monday.
She singled out the news media, which should be stopped from using what she called the “illegal word,” the Voice Weekly reported.
U Kyaw Sein, chairman of the Rakhine Patriotic Organization, said since parliament has already decided “whether Rohingya exist or not,” the term should be officially scrapped. And especially with the National League for Democracy (NLD) coming to power early next year, Kyaw Sein is worried that Aung San Suu Kyi’s party might not hold the line, even though a spokesman has indicated he has nothing to worry about.
“There are some international pressures which might be higher in the next government period. So the present government should issue a statement,” he was quoted as saying.
Many of the Rohingya live in displaced camps in Arakan (Rakhine) State and were not allowed to vote in the recent election that swept the NLD to power.
The Suu Kyi government faces a challenge in Arakan (Rakhine), whose nationalist party won 22 parliamentary seats on November 8, the largest by far of any ethnic party. They have the support of nationalist Buddhist monks whose influence is still a factor.
Though no official ban on the terminology exists, Myanmar’s refusal to recognize the group despite being living there for generations in their own land. In the last week, several men were arrested for printing a calender that used the word ‘Rohingya.’
While Rohingya Muslims were unable to vote, many Muslim candidates were also disqualified. The lack of votes and candidates in addition to the overwhelming popularity of the NLD boded ill for religious pluralism. As a result, Myanmar’s new parliament will have no Muslim MPs for the first time in post-independence history.
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