Arakan State: Army arrested villagers in Maungdaw Township
recently without finding any fault. It is arbitrary arrest against
the Rohingya people, said a close relative of the victims preferring
not to be named.
arrestees are identified as Noor Ahmed (45), son of Zabor Muluk,
Mohamed Hussain (36), son of Du Du Meah , Kalu (55), son of Meah
Hussain, and Shuna Meah ( 33), son of Abdu Zalil.
They all belong to Theray Kondan village of Maungdaw south.”
Rohingya villagers were arrested by the collaboration of Natala
villagers. After arrest, they were severely tortured and then brought
to Maungdaw town and handed over to police. Now they are under the
police custody. They also took away one motor bike from one of the
Maungdaw south, some military were deployed after the recently
happened so called sectarian violence in Maungdaw Township, though
the Nasak (Burma’s border security force and police personnel are
villagers believe that the army will give them protection from
arbitrary harassments by police, Nasaka and Local Rakhine villagers.
At first, the army had given some protections to the Rohingya
villagers from police, local Rakhines, but later the army (rescuer)
becomes persecutors of Rohingya villagers. According to President
Thein Sein, government had already sent security force (especially
army) to control the violence. But in practical, it is not true; it
is a cheating to the world community, according to a youth from
present, every day, the armies with the collaboration of local
Rakhine villagers go to the Rohinga villagers of Maungdaw south and
commit rape against the Rohingya girls and women. When the army went
to the village at night, the male villagers (men) ran away from the
villages to avoid arrest. Taking this advantage, the army and the
Rakhine villagers committed rape against the Rohingya women and
girls. It is a normal occurrence in the Rohingya villages, said a
local elder on condition of anonymity.
in Maungdaw Town, at night, police enter the Rohingya houses in the
guise of searching the defendants (culprits) and commit rape to the
women while the men are absent because of fear of arrest by police,
said an elderly woman from Maungdaw Town. .
the villagers are fleeing from their homes after seeing police or
army, because, the security forces’ arbitrary arrests and tortures
against the villagers without finding any crimes. It becomes a
lawless country. There is no justice. Let them free hand to do
any crimes against the Rohingya villagers, said an ex-schoolteacher
from Maungdaw Township.
addition, on October 9, at night, police went to Ward No.1 of
Maungdaw Town, and entered four houses, not finding any man; they
seized 4- family list and asked the women to choose it the following
day, said a local elder who denied to be named.
is very important to stop raping the Rohingya girls and women by army
and police. We, the villagers urge upon the international community
to see the matter deeply, otherwise, it will become explosion in
future, according to villagers.
the villagers of Maungdaw and Rathedaung Townships do not receive any
help, they will have no means (to survive) and as such, might resort
to extreme measure, sources said.