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.”
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