Burma Could Be Guilty of ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ as Rohingya Crackdown Intensifies

Burma Could Be Guilty of ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ as Rohingya Crackdown Intensifies

Rohingya Muslims flee to Bangladesh
Zakir Hossain Chowdhury—Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesRohingya Muslims who have fled from violence in Burma take shelter at the Leda unregistered Rohingya camp in Teknaf, Bangladesh, on Dec. 5 2016

“Things are not as they are being portrayed by the government”

Reports from Burma’s northern Arakan state, where violence against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority has forced tens of thousands to flee for their lives, suggest the situation there is “getting very close to what we would all agree are crimes against humanity,” the U.N.’s top human-rights investigator for the country has said.

“I am getting reports from inside the country and from neighboring places too that things are not as they are being portrayed by the government. We are seeing a lot of very graphic and very disturbing photos and video clips,” Yanghee Lee, the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in the country, tells TIME.

Burma has imposed a lockdown on the affected areas, as it conducts what it calls “clearance operations” following an attack on three border guard posts in early October. Nine policemen were killed in the attack, which the Burmese authorities blamed on Islamist militants.

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But fears have been growing for the million-strong Rohingya people who live in the area, amid allegations of rape, extrajudicial killings and the torching of Rohingya villages by the Burmese military, which denies the claims.

Seen as illegal immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh and denied citizenship rights, the Rohingya have long been marginalized in Burma. In 2012, some 125,000 people were displaced amid communal fighting between Arakanese Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims, with rights groups accusing security forces of either standing aside or actively participating in the violence.

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As Arakan burns again, with around 21,000 people fleeing to Bangladesh in recent months, Lee called on the Burmese authorities to allow full humanitarian access to the northern section of the state that is also known as Rakhine. She also expressed her dissatisfaction with a government-supervised trip to some of the affected areas by a group of foreign diplomats and a U.N. official in early November. “No one should be satisfied with the trip,” she says. “This was a guided tour. Even though there was a heavy security presence there, people started to come out and try to speak to this delegation. And of course, afterwards, we’ve also heard that there were reprisals. These people were hunted down.”

On Dec. 9, 14 diplomatic missions, including the embassies of the U.S. and France, also called on Burma to give humanitarian agencies “full and unfettered access” to northern Arakan, “noting that tens of thousands of people who need humanitarian aid, including children with acute malnutrition, have been without it now for nearly two months.”

Source by: http://time.com/4597237/burma-crimes-against-humanity-rohingya

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Eight Rohingya women and girls gang raped by Myanmar military whilst Myanmar’s investigation commission is visiting the area

Eight Rohingya women and girls gang raped by Myanmar military whilst Myanmar’s investigation commission is visiting the area

RB News
December 12, 2016
Taung Pyo Let Wel, Arakan – 8 Rohingya women and girls from Chaung Ka Lar hamlet in Zee Pin Chaung village tract, situated in Taung Pyo Let Wel sub-township, were gang raped by the military at gunpoint and some other women were sexually abused, whilst Myanmar’s investigation commission, led by Vice President Myint Swe, was visiting the area.
Today, on December 12th 2016 at 12 noon, a group of 55 soldiers entered Chaung Ka Lar hamlet. Fearing that they may be gang raped, as is frequently the case, 30 women and girls all gathered together at the house of Hafiz Akbal. 12 soldiers entered then entered his house and had 8 of the women and girls brought into a room at gunpoint, where they were gang raped, a local villager told RB News. The remaining women and girls, more than 20 of them, were also sexually abused. Their clothes, including underwear, were removed by the soldiers, who then abused them as much as they wanted.
Among the eight rape victims, four are married and four are single.
Three of the raped women are from the same family: a 40-year-old mother and two her two daughters age 18 and 21. The other three married women are ages 37, 33 and 25 years old. The two other single
young ladies are ages 22 and 17.
Not only did the soldiers rape the women and girls, but they also looted the properties and sexually abused women and girls at the houses of U Maung Myint, Fawzol and Shikandor. In addition, they also stole the earring of a 70 year old lady who is the wife of Sirazul Hoque.
Recently an investigation commission was formed which by the Myanmar government, led by Vice President ex-general Myint Swe. The commission is currently in Northern Maungdaw Township, having arrived there on December 11th, 2016. However, the military is carrying out atrocities against the Rohingyas in many villages, despite the presence of the commission, including the looting of properties and forcing the Rohingya villagers to leave their homes so that they cannot talk to the commission. According to locals, these crimes are taking place in the villages of Kyet Yoe Pyin, Yay Khae Chaung Khwa Sone, Dar Gyi Sar and U Shey Kya.
Investigation Commission visiting Northern Maungdaw on December 12, 2016 (Photo: MOI Webportal Myanmar)

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Myanmar’s Investigation Commission Visits Northern Maungdaw

Myanmar’s Investigation Commission Visits Northern Maungdaw

Anwar M.S.

By Anwar M.S.December 12, 2016 03:39

Myanmar’s Investigation Commission Visits Northern Maungdaw

 

Maungdaw — The 13-member Investigation Commission led by Myanmar’s Vice President 1 Gen. Myint Swe visited the northern Maungdaw region on Sunday (Dec 11), amidst the reports of the mass atrocities by the state’s military on the minority Rohingya.

The investigation commission was formed by the President U Htin Kyaw on December 1 in the wake of the international outcry against the military’s operation of ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in Maungdaw, Arakan State, Myanmar.

The investigation commission arrived at the village of Kyein Chaung (Boli Bazaar) by two helicopters at around 10 am on Sunday and quickly moved towards the village of NgaKura (Nagpura) to meet the local villagers.

Mr. Aye Myint, a human rights observer based in northern Maungdaw, said “the Rohingya community do not trust the investigation commission because it was formed with the same bunch of people that are more or less complicit in the crimes against the community in the region. Hence, it is naturally bound to be biased and without transparency.

“However, the locals met the commission with the belief that something is better than nothing. The Rohingya men and women explained the commission members about the military’s atrocities such as setting their homes on fire, plunders of their parties, the tortures, arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial killings of the civilians, and gang-rapes against the women/girls.”

[Also read: Rohingya Rejects Burmese Gov’t’s Prejudicial Inquiry Commission]

Although the locals in the villages of ‘Ngakura and Pyaung Paik’ managed to meet the commission members, the villagers of ‘Oo Shye Kya’ had been driven out of the village by the Burmese (Myanmar military) prior to the arrival of the investigation commission. Some villagers of ‘Oo Shye Kya’ waiting to meet the commission were tortured during the raid conducted by the military.

Similar reports of the military raids have been conducted at the village of ‘Kyet Yoe Pyin’ at around 8:00 am on Sunday.

“The military not only drove us out of the village but also plundered our properties, motorcycles, solar panels, batteries and blankets in our absence in the village” said a local of Kyet Yoe Pyin on telephone.

Some of the victims of the robberies are identified to be:

  • Mohammed Kasim (s/o) Kabir Ahmed, 25 (his motorcycle was seized.)
  • Kalim (s/o) Fazal Ahmed, 27 (his motorcycle was seized.)
  • Abu Tayyib (s/o) Sharif Hussein, 18 (his solar panel and battery were robbed.)

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

Source by: rvisiontv

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Authorities Seize Cache of Weapons and Ammunition in Hpa-an Bust

Authorities Seize Cache of Weapons and Ammunition in Hpa-an Bust

လက္နက္ခဲယမ္းနဲ႔အတူ ဖမ္းမိသည့္ ALP အဖြဲ႔ဝင္မ်ား (ဓါတ္ပုံ - တပ္မေတာ္ ကာကြယ္ေရးဦးစီးခ်ဳပ္႐ုံး)Three arrested men stand behind a table of weapons and ammunition that were seized from their car. / Ministry of Defense

 

RANGOON — Burmese authorities arrested three men and seized 19 assault rifles, hundreds of bullets, and 6 million kyats in cash on Friday after they stopped a car in Hpa-an Township, Karen State, local sources reported.

The seized weapons and ammunition belonged to the Arakan Liberation Party (ALP), according to ALP joint general secretary Khaing Aung Soe Than, who spoke to The Irrawaddy on Monday.

“They were our people. They have been detained at a police station,” he said.

The Ministry of Defense confirmed that security forces had arrested three people and seized 19 AK-47 assault rifles with ammunition, it said in a Facebook post.

Khaing Aung Soe Than said the ALP had been planning to send the seized weapons to Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships in Arakan State, where recently there has been high tension between Buddhist and Muslim ethnic groups. He said the ALP was trying to reinforce its military units in that region.

“We only have two sections of troops in that area. We are very weak out there,” said Khaing Aung Soe Than.

“And on the Kalar side, they have many guns. So the Muslim armed group could be a threat in the future. For that reason, we are planning to bring more weapons and ALP soldiers into that area,” he said. “Kalar” is a derogatory Burmese term used to describe Muslims or those of Indian descent.

The ALP is one of the eight ethnic armed groups which have signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA). As part of this agreement, the ALP is not permitted to recruit new members and may not acquire new weapons.

“We tried to negotiate with the government for permission to move these weapons, but that did not work,” said Khaing Aung Soe Than. “So that’s why we tried to do it on our own.”

“For the government, we understand they’re worried that our ALP armed force will grow larger. But our main problem is not with the government. It is with the Muslims. You have to understand our local situation,” he added.

Last week, the authorities set up a checkpoint at the entrance to Hpa-an town, and that’s how they discovered the guns inside a car belonging to members of the ALP.

One of the three men arrested was Khaing Moe Chan, a colonel in the ALP armed forces. The defense ministry said that it would take action against the detainees in line with the law. The ministry also stated that the ALP acquired its seized weapons in the Law Khee Lar area.

Since the arrests were made on Friday, ALP leaders have approached the Burmese authorities to negotiate for the release of their members and weapons.

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