Rohingya Children Feared Dead after Myanmar’s Health Department Gives Tainted Vaccine in Northern Maungdaw

Rohingya Children Feared Dead after Myanmar’s Health Department Gives Tainted Vaccine in Northern Maungdaw

By Anwar M.S.December 26, 2016 03:38

Rohingya Children Feared Dead after Myanmar’s Health Department Gives Tainted Vaccine in Northern Maungdaw

By RVision TV Correspondent | December 26, 2016

Maungdaw — A measles vaccine program conducted by the Myanmar health department in northern Maungdaw resulted in one Rohingya child suffering excruciating deaths and other five children in critical conditions, according to the reliable sources in the region.

In collaboration with the Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP), the Health Department gave the tainted vaccines to many children at the ‘Maggyi Chaung’ hamlet of Quarter 4, ‘Khamauk Seik’ Township, northern Maungdaw, on December 23.

Six children began to suffer from excruciating spasms of muscles as the consequence of the measles vaccines according to a local report. However, how the vaccine has caused the deterioration of the children’s conditions is unidentified/unexplained yet.

One of the children who is confirmed dead at around 10 am on December 25 is ‘Yaasin s/o Badi Alam.’

Other five children feared to have been dead in the hospital by now are:
1) Jannat Ara Begum d/o Shafi Alam
2) Khawsar Ara Begum d/o Shafi Alam
3) Najimullah s/o Kamal Hussein
4) A son of Zahid and Samuda Khatun
5) A son of Gura Meah and Rabia Khatun

The Border Guard Police (BGP) have earlier announced that the vaccination is compulsory for all the Rohingyas in Maungdaw and Buthidaung.

“The BGP has announced that the vaccination is mandatory for every child and later adult too. They threatened that if we refrain from vaccinations, we will be arrested, fined and imprisoned. They have seized ‘the household registration lists’ from some families and would return them only when the families get vaccinated.

“And they said this was to prevent diseases from spreading. But hearing the deaths of the children in Maungdaw after the vaccinations, we are afraid it could be an attempt by the government to deliberately sobotage many of our lives,” said a worried Rohingya elder, Buthidaung in speaking to Rohingya Vision TV on the condition of anonymity.

The vaccination program is increasingly triggering panic among the locals across Maungdaw and Buthidaung after the incidents in northern Maungdaw region as they are seeing it as a new genocidal depopulation program being implemented by the Myanmar government. Some people are even requesting the International Community to help them find out antidotes for the vaccine which they call ‘Poison Injection.’

Note: The featured image doesn’t represent an actual picture of the tainted vaccine in the report.

Source by: http://www.rvisiontv.com

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BGB sends back 400 Rohingyas

BGB sends back 400 Rohingyas

BGB sends back 400 Rohingyas
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Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members have sent back 400 Rohingyas who were trying to enter Bangladesh to flee persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

BGB personnel intercepted the trespassers at three different points of the Naf river on Sunday.

Teknaf 2 BGB Commander Lt Col Abujar Al Zahid said: “We raided different points of the river from 5am till 9am and pushed back at least 400 Rohingyas boarded on 34 boats.”

A total of 184 boats were sent back from Naf river so far till December.

Hundreds of Rohingya Muslims tried to cross into Bangladesh illegally after Myanmar troops launched a crackdown in the Rakhine state in response to attacks on three border posts on October 9 that killed nine police officers.

Bangladesh has stepped up security along its border with Myanmar to prevent influx of Rohingyas fleeing violence in the Rakhine state that has killed at least 86 people and displaced 30,000 others.

Myanmar and the military have denied accusations by Rohingyas and rights groups of raping women, torching houses and killing civilians during their operations.

Myanmar does not recognise the Rohingyas as its citizens and dubs them ‘Bangali’. Rohingyas, who managed to land in Bangladesh, have taken shelter in refugee camps and other places in Cox’s Bazar.

The latest violence is the most serious since the 2012 communal clashes. Many have criticised Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi for her silence although her party is in power.

Source by: http://www.dhakatribune.com/

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Does the Rule of Law Really Exist in Myanmar?

Does the Rule of Law Really Exist in Myanmar?

By Anwar M.S.December 26, 2016 02:21

Does the Rule of Law Really Exist in Myanmar?

By Maung Thitsar | December 26, 2016

Hundreds of Rohingya civilians have been arrested by the Myanmar military in northern Maungdaw and Rathedaung Townships since October 9, 2016 under the mere suspicion of links with the Rohingya rebel group that carried out raids on three Border Guard Police (BGP) posts, apart from several hundreds tortured and killed during the brutal military offensives. Reports from reliable sources emerge that these victims of the arbitrary arrests are now being handed long-term imprisonments by the Maungdaw District Court without fair trials.

In fact, the victims don’t even get to attend the Courtroom or know under what charges they are being sentenced to long-term imprisonments. Having fair trials or rights to hire defence lawyers is a distant right. Detained in closed vans parked in front of the Maungdaw District Court building, they don’t even get to see who the prosecuting lawyers or the judge are. What they get to know is some security forces go inside the Courtroom to meet Judge who would issue an instantaneous and arbitrary order of long-term imprisonments.

“At least 600 men/boys have been arrested by the military during multiple raids conducted in the Rohingya villages in Maungaw and Rathedaung on pretext of the ‘Region Clearance Operation’ since October 9. They had earlier detained and brutally tortured in the cells of the BGP Headquarter in KyiKanPyin before they were eventually transferred to the Buthidaung Prison”, said U Aye Myint, a Maungdaw based human rights observer.

Of the approximately 600 people, around 80 people and further around 200 people were handed 20-25 years each in prison on December 16 and December 22 respectively.

[Please read: Over 100 Rohingya Civilians Sentenced to 20-years in Prison]

“The fact that we don’t exactly how many people are sentenced to long-term imprisonments on every other day. The BGP blocks all the roads to the District Court during the so-called court proceedings. So, nobody can approach to the courtrooms for information.

“All we get to know is through some former inmates — that have seen the situation of these newly arrested victims and been — released recently from the Buthidaung Prison” U Aye Myint continued.

The victims are just told by the police on duty how many years they are imprisoned for. After that, they are taken back to the Buthidaung Prison where they had been brought from apparently for the hearing of the so-called court verdict.

Worrying reports of tortures against the Rohingya inmates/detainees continue to emerge amid the continual arrests of more civilians by the Burmese military in northern Maungdaw. Tortures on the detainees/inmates in addition to the denial of the rights to independent and fair trials could amount to crimes against humanity under international laws, according to U Aye Myint.

[Read Report: More Rohingya Civilians Arrested by Military in Northern Maungdaw]

“Some inmates released recently from the Buthidaung Prison said”, added U Aye Myint “we feel those Rohingyas shot dead at sight during the military operations were lucky. One can’t tolerate seeing their situation. They are victims of extrajudicial punishments. They were/are extremely tortured during interrogations. They were whacked using rods and rotans. Their nails and beards have been pulled out. Their bodies are full of wounds and cuts. They said they were sentenced for 20 years with unknown charges. But they are likely to die in three years.”

The arbitrary arrests and detentions are prohibited by international laws and hence, committing them is an international crime. The article 9 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) decrees that “no one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.”

However, the Myanmar government, through its media channels, keeps releasing reports that the authorities are proceeding the cases of the people arrested according to the Rule of Law and give the accused rights to defend and fair trials. That’s nothing but the blanket denials by the Myanmar government of multiple human rights violations.

The government announced on the social media that a Rohingya rebel group — named ‘ the Faith Movement’ which represents only a handful of people in northern Maungdaw — carried out the raids on the three Border Guard Police posts. But the paradigm of the arrests made by the military and the Border Guard Police goes to indicate that the government is targeting the civilians and crippling the Rohingya population at large more than going after the members of the apparent rebel group. One of the methods being used to disable the civilian population is arbitrary arrest, torture and long jail-terms ordered through improper and unfair judicial procedures.

What makes the situation more dangerous is that none of the relatives of these inmates recently imprisoned has been allowed to visit them in the prison.

According to the official statement of Myanmar on December 9, 575 (Rohingya) people have been arrested in Maungdaw District since October 9, 2016. Although the figures in the official statement alone is incredibly high, the actual numbers of people arrested could be more than twice as high as the figures in the official statement because the Burmese government grossly under-reports the civilian casualties caused by its armed forces.

Amidst all the reports of the crimes of Genocide against a group of people, the Rohingya, by the armed forces of Myanmar, one can’t resist but question “Does the Rule of Law Really Exist in Myanmar?”, which its state-counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi, likes to brag about.

Maung Thitsar is a human rights activist based in Yangon, Myanmar. He can be reached at:thitsar2016@gmail.com

Source by: rvisiontv

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UN advisor fears Myanmar situation may get out of hand

UN advisor fears Myanmar situation may get out of hand

Special advisor to Myanmar tells Anadolu Agency gov’t needs to build assurance in Rakhine before situation degenerates

UN advisor fears Myanmar situation may get out of hand

NEW YORK, USA – DECEMBER 16: Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Myanmar Vijay Nambiar speaks during an exclusive interview in New York, USA on December 16, 2016. ( Volkan Furuncu – Anadolu Agency )

NEW YORK

A top United Nations official is warning that the ongoing violence in Myanmar’s west is in danger of “getting out of hand”, and is asking the country’s leaders to be more assertive in resolving historic problems faced by the area’s Muslim and Buddhist communities.

In an exclusive interview earlier this week, the UN secretary-general’s special advisor on Myanmar, Vijay Nambiar, told Anadolu Agency that deadly Oct. 9 attacks on police stations in Rakhine State were condemnable, but laid bare “a deep-seated malaise in the place itself”.

He outlined a rising desperation felt by Rohingya Muslims in the area, saying that the government hadn’t done enough to address the “anxiety and insecurity” they felt.

“For almost three years, there hasn’t been any major outbreak of violence in Rakhine, even though the 2012 events were a pointer,” Nambiar said, referring to inter-communal violence in Rakhine in which more than 100 people — mostly Muslims — died and over 100,000 were displaced.

“We had been bringing this to the notice of the government and telling them that unless some action was taken to address some of the root causes, it was likely that this would erupt once again.”

Since Oct. 9, Myanmar has said that at least 94 people — 17 police and soldiers and 77 alleged “attackers” (including six who reportedly died during interrogation) — have been killed and some 600 suspects have been detained for alleged involvement in attacks on police stations and during a subsequent military crackdown.

The government said Monday that the arrests were continuing, and a further “Muslim man” had been shot dead “as he attacked police”.

Rohingya advocacy groups, however, claim around 400 Rohingya — described by the UN as among the most persecuted groups worldwide — were killed in the military operations in an area which has been closed to aid agencies and independent journalists.

Nambiar said that the operations had seen houses burnt, villages kept under lockdown, while at least 21,000 Rohingya are reported to have fled across the border into neighboring Bangladesh.

The security apparatus has been “defensive rather than proactive”, he underlined.

On Monday, State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi thanked Myanmar’s neighbors at a regional meeting for their offers of help in resolving the “complex and long-standing” issues at the heart of disturbances in Rakhine.

Myanmar has highlighted the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)’s non-interference principle in its response to countries accusing it of human rights atrocities in its treatment of Rohingya, stressing fellow member Indonesia’s “positive and constructive” approach while criticizing Malaysia, whose prime minister has referred to Myanmar’s treatment of the ethnic minority as “genocide” or “ethnic cleansing”.

On its western border, however, is non-ASEAN member Bangladesh, from where Myanmar originally accused many of the attackers of entering and which has also had to cope with a wave of Rohingya fleeing the military clampdown.

Nambiar told Anadolu Agency that in talks with representatives in Bangladesh, he had learnt that the country had been “very constructive” in its cooperation with the Myanmar government.

“In fact, they even handed over some of the people who they felt were attackers to the Myanmar authorities, and they also asked that the situation be addressed very seriously so that the threat of a large exodus of population from northern Rakhine to Bangladesh could be averted.”

Rohingya have been fleeing Myanmar for decades, with a new wave of migrations occurring since mid-2012 after communal violence broke out in Rakhine between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya.

The violence left more than 100 people dead, over 100,000 (primarily Rohingya) displaced in camps and more than 2,500 houses razed — most of which belonged to Rohingya.

Members of the minority were also not allowed to stand or vote in Myanmar’s 2015 elections, which Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi’s party won in a landslide, as Myanmar does not see them as nationals.

Despite being accused of indifference to the Rohingya and their suffering, Suu Kyi has long said that the situation in Rakhine is economic, not political, as she strives to balance calls for intervention from the international community with anti-Muslim cries from nationalists — many of whom voted for her party — back home.

Talking to Anadolu Agency, Nambiar underlined that he too sees economic development — along with human rights — as a solution to the problems in the region, but primarily the government needed to find ways to convince the community that it would protect them.

“An element of reassurance has to come to the local community,” he said.

“For a variety of reasons, the local communities are very, very highly agitated, and see [military operations] as a threat to their existence, so as long as this sense of either you or me, this kind of zero-sum game, continues, it will be very difficult to see that kind of harmony building.”

He stressed, however, that the situation has not been helped by a “somewhat knee-jerk” reaction from the army and local authorities to communal violence.

“Whenever they face this threat, they automatically want to close the entire situation, seal up the situation and deal with the threat and the problem. That in the past has resulted in the problem actually festering.”

Nambiar called on the new government — the country’s first fully democratic body in more than 50 years — to work closely with its old foe, the military.

“[Suu Kyi] has to work with the army and the army has to work with her. She needs to be a little more assertive in taking action to reassure both the local population and international community and I have confidence that she will do that,” he said.

“I do feel and I am convinced that her intentions are to actually solve the larger problems.”

Nambiar said that the initial step is to reassure the communities that they are safe and in good hands, and then the government needs to restore citizenship rights to the presently stateless Rohingya.

Many nationalists refer to Rohingya as “Bengali”, which suggests they are interlopers from neighboring Bangladesh and fuels the notion that they don’t belong in Myanmar.

“During the [2014] census process, the minister for population said that he had no doubt that the overwhelming majority of… what he called the Bengalis… would be entitled to citizenship. He in fact told me this,” Nambiar said.

He underlined that the situation in Rakhine is far more complex than it at first seems, and that everyone involved needed to ignore knee-jerk reactions and see the situation for what it is.

“This is a very complex problem. It is a long-standing problem and the cure for this is to address the substantive issues and the root causes,” he said.

Nambiar spoke of his fears that the situation could now get out of hand.

“But I think the government is aware of it. By and large, they recognize the seriousness of this issue,” he said.

– Vijay Nambiar is a seasoned career diplomat from India. A former Ambassador to the United Nations, he held several high-ranking positions in the global body, including Chef de Cabinet and Under-Secretary-General. He has been Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Myanmar since 2010.

Source by: http://aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/un-advisor-fears-myanmar-situation-may-get-out-of-hand

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More Rohingya Civilians Arrested by Military in Northern Maungdaw

More Rohingya Civilians Arrested by Military in Northern Maungdaw

By Anwar M.S.
December 25, 2016 13:53

More Rohingya Civilians Arrested by Military in Northern Maungdaw

By Rohingya Eye | December 25, 2016

Maungdaw — Six more Rohingya civilians were arrested by the Myanmar military at the village of ‘Ye Dwin Chaung’ in northern Maungdaw on Friday (Dec 23), reliable sources have reported.

Of the six people arrested at Ye Dwin Chaung, three were displaced people from neighboring villages taking refuge in their relatives’ homes (in the village of Ye Dwin Chaung)  after their homes had been burnt down by the military earlier. Other three were locals of the village found and arrested while working in a fishery pond.

The military launched a raid on the village, Ye Dwin Chaung locally known as Kuwar Bil, at around 5 am on Friday and subsequently began to force the men gather at the village’s religious school and the women along with children at the government school.

“The military tortured many village men including those six people arrested. And the women were molested”, said a man from the region, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

The military further checked the Family Registration lists of the villagers and released them from the siege at around 4:30 pm on Friday.

Nothing has been heard of the six village people since they were arrested and taken to unknown location. Fear among the locals seems that they would be labelled as militants, tortured and arbitrarily sentenced to long-term imprisonments.

Source by: http://www.rvisiontv.com

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