A Message for UN Human Rights Special Rapporteur
30 July 2012
Dear Pengarah / Editor News Desk,
Myanma Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization (MERHROM) would like to update you on the current situation in Arakan State. I just received the information from the Arakan State today stated that United Nations Human Rights Special Rapporteur, Tomas Ojea Quintana is visit the Arakan Staten today. The military junta has called many Rohingya Muslim Religious Leader and warning them not to speak out if they were question by the United Nations Special Rapporteur. On top of that the Religious Leader has been beaten by the junta and some of them has been arrested. From what I heard about 360 Religious Leaders who are mainly from Maungdaw, Buthidaung, Akyab, Rathidaung and Kyawtaw, were taken to the police stations and they were threaten if they speak out. Mr. Tomas must use his intelligence to access the real situation of Rohingyas in Arakan State as we could not speak out freely due to security reasons.
All Muslim religious school has been closed. The police and Rakhine buddhist told Rohingyas to flee the country if they want to stay alive. If we stay in Arakan we will die.
MERHROM welcome the help and support for Rohingyas in Arakan from Malaysia and all over the world. However the food, medicine and other item cannot be surrender to the military or security forces as it will never reach the affected Rohingyas Muslim. The food and the medicine must be distributed directly to the affected Rohingyas.
WE hope for the continuous support of the MEDIA
and JOURNALIST to highlight our issues until there
is peace in our state and we are Recognize as Citizen
Zafar Ahmad bin Abdul Ghani
Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights
Organizations Malaysia (MERHROM)
No. Tel: +6016-6827287
Picture of Rohingya In Arakan State
MERHROM URGENTLY calls the United Nations to send the Peace Keeping Mission to Arakan State Urgently to monitor and control the situation in Arakan State. The delay in their action will caused many more innocent Rohingyas to be murdered.
WE calls on the World Leaders and the International Communities to add on pressure to military junta and to help us by sending the food, medication and basic necessities urgently for our survival. It will take years for us to heal from the pain loosing the loves one and to rebuild their live. The current situation become worse day by day as the violence towards Rohingyas has continue. On top of that people are dying due to lack of food, shelter and medication. Women and children are the most affected group besides men and elderly. The ethnic Rakhine together with Nasaka, police and the military continuously killing, arresting, harassing and abusing Rohingya Muslim.
WE hope the conflict will be resolved before soon before we celebrate Eidul Fitri next month. We cannot imagine how to go through the month of Ramadhan as many of us were homeless. We cannot perform Ramadhan Prayers as Curfew is still imposed on us. Some of the Mosque were burnt and some were lock. We calls on our Muslim brothers and sisters to support us in what ever way you can.
Police harassment increase in Maungdaw
The police surveillance officer U Aung Kyaw Than of Maungdaw Town went to Baggona village and arrested two villagers— Mohamed Zuhar and another one today and brought to Maungdaw police station where they were severely tortured to extort money.
U Aung Kyaw Than gave his telephone number to every village in Maungdaw Township to contact with him. His contact number is —00-95-0945-670, 545. He listed, at least 20 to 30 villagers from every village to meet with him. The police officer threatened to the villagers that if the villagers do not meet him to pay money, they will be arrested and will be sent to Buthidaung jail.
U Aung Kyaw Than has good relation with Officer-in- Charge (OC) U Tin Hla, U Hla Sein, U Hla Myint, and U Maung Chay of Maungdaw police station. This group also involves in Yaba tablets smuggling with Bangladesh. The group uses Rakhines and Rohingys for smuggling Yaba tablets to Bangladesh and they have to pay money to the group per week.
Yesterday, at about 4:00 pm, police and Hluntin arrested Mohibullah (27), son of Tin Soe (clerk), hailed from Bohmu Para of Maungdaw township at Clock Tower junction, while he was going to his home.
Besides, on July 27, Ayat Ullah ( 20), son of Salamat, hailed from Ward No.1 of Maungdaw Town was arrested by police personnel – Assistant police Inspector and sergeant Than Maung Gyi – at Clock Tower junction while he was crossing the junction. After arrest, he was severely tortured at the road. Today, early in the morning, police threw a dead body of Rohingya villager nearby a Hindu Para of Shwezarr but it was seen by Rohingya villagers. Therefore, the police took away again to Maungdaw Town. Villagers believe that the dead body was the son of Salamat.
On July 25, Nasaka arrested Arif Hussain (22), son of Baser hailed from Sangri village of Kyauk Pyin Seik village tract of Maungdaw Township.
We, the people of Maungdaw town urge to the Home Minister of Burma through Kaladan Press Network to take action against the police officers, especially U Aung Kyaw Than.
The villagers of Rathedaung Towunship are not allowed to go out from their homes so; they are not able to buy anything from the market. Now, they are facing food crisis. No one visited the Rathedaung Township to oversee the Rohingya situation.
Rakhine Refugees camps again setup in Maungdaw
The authority called all the Natala villagers , Rakhine community from Maungdaw north , Rakhine community from Maungdaw town and others area- Buthidaung and Rathedaung – to join at the Maungdaw State High school as a refugees, pretending who are not able to stay in their villages for fear of attack from Rohingya community, said an elder from Myoma Kyayoungdan village.
“The Rakhine before setup 7 refugee centers at monasteries , but now they again setting up new style in Maungdaw High school. It is just for showcase of refugee to show the UN Human Rights Special Rapporteur, Tomas Ojea Quintana who will visit soon.”
Mosques checking in Maungdaw
On the other hand, the security personnel are checking the Mosques of Myoma Kyayoungdan village where was not happen before. The villagers were not at the Mosques when the security checked the Mosques. The Rohingya community is fearing for blocking the all Mosques as it is checking Mosques now most of the villages, said a religious leader from Maungdaw.
“The authority is going to arrest the Rohingya religious leaders and students. So the religious leaders and students are hiding for fear of arrest. No one stay in the villages.”
Court staffs attack Rohingya community in Maungdaw
The court staffs have been throwing stones to the Rohingya community who went to see their love one (family members) at the hearing session , said a Rohingya who is the victim of the court.
“The court staffs also said that you are not allow to attend the courtroom. This is not your place.”
The judge also stated the case period into double and fine also double. The Rohingya community, who has a case with bail bound, are called by court and sent to the jail with double jail term and with fine.
Authority preparing to prove no violence in Maungdaw
“Some army is stationed near the market of Maungdaw and other areas, some Rohingya are going to market to buy foodstuff for their home when army has taken security in the town. The army also sells rice to the Rohingya since yesterday in Maungdaw.”
“The rice sacks which Rohingya buy from army, are taking to their home, but the police personnel are collecting toll from these rice sacks.”
“The police personnel –Assistant police officer Aye htun Sein and sergeant Than Maung Gyi- stationed near the clock tower and collecting toll from Rohingya who return from Maungdaw market.”
“The security personnel collect 1000 kyats per sack of rice who take for his home and sometimes the security personnel hijacked Rohingya who has money. The police personnel take him to the electric generator compound and toke all the belonging from Rohingya.”
If the armies also take position at clock tower, the Rohingya will able to move freely from this area, said a school teacher.
“Suddenly, the authorities change their plan of no foods for Rohingya is a showcase to prove the visiting UN Human Rights Special Rapporteur, Tomas Ojea Quintana .”
The authority also preparing to kept fake Rakhine refugees in the refugee centers in Maungdaw to show the difficulty of Rakhine community in Maungdaw. Actually, the Rohingya community is refugees as IDPs in their villages and not getting foods and medicines as they lost everything during the riot.
The UN Human Rights Special Rapporteur, Tomas Ojea Quintana wish to find out the real facts, he must meet the Rohingya from villages or must visit Rohingya villages if he had times to see the Rohingya life after riot in Maungdaw, said an elder from Maungdaw.
“The authority will give to meet him with some Rohingya who are the puppet of authority.”
“We have been receiving a stream of reports from independent sources alleging discriminatory and arbitrary responses by security forces, and even their instigation of and involvement in clashes,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said in a news release stated in UN.org website.
“Reports indicate that the initial swift response of the authorities to the communal violence may have turned into a crackdown targeting Muslims, in particular members of the Rohingya [Muslim] community,” she added.
Ms. Pillay welcomed the Special Rapporteur’s visit, but noted that “while he will be able to make an initial assessment during his one-day visit, this is no substitute for a fully-fledged independent investigation.
Update News of July 27, 2012
On July 25, at around 9:00 am, army accompanied by some local Rakhines forcibly relocated Upper Kyang Daung village of Rathedaung township. It has over 50 houses and the children and old people were facing very difficulties while the armies forcibly vacated them from their houses due to heavy rain, according to villagers.
However, the villagers are temporarily taking shelter in nearby three Rohingya villages– Sowarp Prang, Auk Nanra Gon (Raza Bill) and Pring Daung villages.
The army has established temporarily camp at Raza Bill village since July 25. Earlier, they stayed at Zedi Pyin Buddhist monastery. They are observing the situation of the village.
The relocated villagers are facing —shelter, food and medicine crisis– as they are not allowed to go market to buy rice and other essentials.
According to government officials, in Rathedaung Township, four refugee camps are established for Rakhine community. No refugees center for Rohingya in Rathedaung. All the Rakhine family members from the town are kept in the refugee camps to show the higher officials who will visit the Rathedaung Township. Their aims are to get rations from donors and to show international community by taking fake photos. Four Rohingya villages were burned down by police, Hluntin with the help of local Rakhines. Only Rakhine community attacked the Rohingya villages and publishing Rohingya attacked Rakhine community where the authority kept the Rakhine community in the refugee camps to show and to publish.
The state of emergency was declared in Rakhine state (Arakan State) by the union government on June 10 and the curfew was imposed by the state government on June 8, 2012.
“The situation is now backing to normal completely, said government official.” Why did the concerned authorities relocate Rohingya villages and arrest Rohingya villagers, so far?, said a villager.
Besides, Thara Pyin village of Rathedaung Township was burned down on June 21. It has 155 houses, of them 100 houses were burned down. Thami Hla was also burned down on June 14 by police, Hluntin and Army with the cooperation of some local Rakhines. There are also three other villages—Prin Daung, Kudo Chaung and Sao Pyin were burned down.
Md. Juhar (28), son of Fazalul Haque, hailed from Maung Ni village of Maungdaw Township was arrested by Burma’s border security force (Nasaka) at about 5:30 pm yesterday. After arrest, he was severely tortured and the villagers believe that he will die.
People are not allowed to buy rice so far in Maungdaw Township. So, the people are facing starvation in the holy month of Ramadan.
According to government official, it will stop the state sponsored emergency, when the situation is calm. In fact, there is no untoward incident, now, only the government harasses and arrests the Rohingya community without any provocation. They are culprits and the judge. Rakhine leaders and some of the officials ordered to the local Rakhines not to sell any rations to Rohingya Muslims. If anyone is found to be selling rice to Rohingyas, he/she will be punished.
Rakhine leaders and some of the officials ordered to the local Rakhines not to sell any rations to Rohingya Muslims. If anyone is found to be selling rice to Rohingyas, he/she will be punished.
During the last few days, government authorities have step up arresting many Rohingyas, including religious teachers and village leaders after inviting them to a meeting.
Five religious leaders who were arrested by Nasaka of Area No. 6 of Maungdaw Township on July 22, inviting them to a meeting were sent to Buthidaung Jail yesterday.
Besides, Mohamed Johar son of Muktar, acting village administration officer of Bagona village and its member Syed alam were arrested by Nasaka of Magyi Chaung on July 26 while attending meeting which was called by Nasaka. The arrestees persons’ information are not known till now the report filed.
Police office Than Htay and his collaborator, Syed Kaseim are harassing the villagers of Myothigyi everyday to extort money from villagers. The police officer asked money without any filing case, just said give money or will arrest.
In Buthidaung Jail, 31 prisoners died. Prisoners were severely tortured by concerned authorities of the jail. There are over 572 Rohingya prisoners, arrested from Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships recently. Most of them have been tortured, leaving without food and drink which leading to death. It is learnt that some of the prisoners have been living without clothes. Many Rohingyas were killed in jail and the dead bodies were not returned to their family members, according to a reliable source.
In every town, Rohingya people are not allowed to go out from their villages across the Arakan state. So, the people are dying daily as they are not able to buy any food. Rohingya People have been keeping in a big cage like birds since last June, and whenever the concerned authority wants to arrest them, they get out from the cage and torture and send to jail over false and fabricated allegations.
The government authorities are killing Rohingyas by cutting the rations. Today, Arakan State becomes silent killing field.
In Sittwe, people have been suffering from food crisis since the incident was occurred. Rohingyas are not allowed to buy food from the market. Children, old and wounded people have been suffering from food and medicine crisis most. The International Community must take action immediately to save Rohingya lives, said an elder from Akyab.