Rohingya: Victims of Arbitrary Arrests, Torture and Enforced Disappearances by Burmese forces

Rohingya: Victims of Arbitrary Arrests, Torture and Enforced Disappearances by Burmese forces

Anwar M.S.

By Anwar M.S.December 8, 2016 16:01

Rohingya: Victims of Arbitrary Arrests, Torture and Enforced Disappearances by Burmese forces


Maungdaw — The Burmese (Myanmar) armed forces have been continuously carrying out mass arrests of the Rohingya civilians, torturing the arrestees and subjecting some to enforced disappearances as part of ethnic cleansing in Myanmar’s western Rakhine (Arakan) state, said a human rights activist based in Maungdaw.

In the pretext of ‘Clearance Operation’ in northern Maungdaw Township since October 9, the Burmese armed forces — the Military and the Border Guard Police (BGP) — have arbitrarily arrested more than 1,000 civilians later subjecting them to tortures and enforced disappearances on top of extrajudicial killings of around 500 people, raping more than 200 women and burning down approximately 4,000 homes leading to displacements of more than 50,000 people without shelter, food, water and medicines.

Two people, a man and a girl, were severely wounded as a joint force of 500 Burmese military and BGP launched raids on ‘Oo Shye Kya’ village and opened fire on the villagers trying to flee from arbitrary arrests on December 7 morning. During the multiple raids conducted on the village on December 7, 37 civilians were arrested by joint force.

“The military brought the women and children out of homes and besieged them at a paddy plain in front of the village’s market, where the military looted their jewelries and molested them for the whole day. The military and BGP further threatened ‘tell us where the terrorists are. If not, we will kill you, we will arrest you’” said a local person in northern Maungdaw on the condition of anonymity.

According to local sources, series of plunders of Rohingya homes and their shops by the Rakhine extremists supported by the Burmese military are among many other widespread crimes committed against the Rohingya.

A displaced Rohingya said “the military have burnt down our homes. The Rakhine (Magh) extremists supported by the military are plundering many homes and shops. They have destroyed cooking pots and other household tools so that we can’t sleep, cook and eat. Now, we don’t have shelters, food, water and medicines. Many people will die soon due to diseases and starvations. In fact, some have already died.”

In two separate incidents on Tuesday (Dec 6) and Wednesday (Dec 7), the Burmese military have arbitrarily arrested four Rohingya youths at ‘Chinkhali’ village in Rathedaung Township. Without any evidences found against the victims, the Burmese military referred them to the BGP Headquarter — where according to the reliable sources at least 100 people are locked up and being tortured inhumanely — in Kyikanpyin village, Maungdaw Township.

The victims are identified to be:

No Name Father Age
1 Mv Iman Hussein Aman Ullah (ex-chairman) 28
2 Jahangir @ Zaw Win (School Teacher) Saaf Meah 25
3 Mv Abul Kasim ? 35
4 Ziyabu ? 17

[Edited by M.S. Anwar] 

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By Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia ( MERHROM) Posted in Uncategorized

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