Maungdaw, Arakan State: The concerned authority – Township administration office – again extended the emergency Act 144 to another two months in Maungdaw today, according to official announcement.
The Maungdaw district was imposed emergency Act 144 since June 8, 2012 bigoted violence between Rakhine and Rohingya communities in Maungdaw Town and it was extended once after three months and now again extended again for two months, said a politician from Maungdaw.
“In Maungdaw, the authority are using emergency Act 144 to harass and oppress Rohingya community from their social activists – movement, praying in mosque, working for survival, marriage and gathering for funeral – and to extort money from Rohingya with so called warrant list which was not declared to public but when the security personnel need to use.”
The worse thing is not allowed to gather for funeral pray, but if you had paid money, you are allowed to pray and gather, said an elder from Maungdaw.
“The emergency Act prevented to perform funeral pray which is the last time of a human being and if you will pay money, it will be allowed.”
“Why the emergency Act used in Maungdaw to harass Rohingya community, there is no need this Act as the authority are always oppressing Rohingya within this Act.”