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Forced labor resumes in Maungdaw south

Rohingya subjected to abuse, forced labour, harassment, rape,& Human rights abuses against the Rohingya Community (photo thestateless.com 2011 

Maungdaw, Arakan
State:
The systemic and discriminatory practice of forced labor against the
Rohingya community has been resumed recently in Maungdaw south, Arakan State,
said a local elder on condition of anonymity.


“Burmese concerned
authorities —army and Nasaka (Burma border security force) resume forced labor
as usual, in Maungdaw Township.”
According to
sources, Nasaka personnel of Nasaka area No. 7 have been using forced labor
from Rohingya people for repairing  roads
for three days which were damaged by heavy rain recently.
Nasaka personnel
arrested Rohingya villagers from the road and villages where they met for
forced labor, sources said.
A villager said on
condition of anonymity, “10 villagers including me are arrested from the Khonza
Bill village and from the roadside by the Nasaka personnel on July 2. After
that, we were brought to the road, which is connecting to Sea beach to Aley
Than Kyaw-Maungdaw high way, where we have to work whole day without having any
food.”
The villager also
said, “They do not provide us any wage.”
When asked an
ex-village administrator, he told that the discriminatory action against the
Rohingya community is a great human rights violation  while the Rohingya villagers have been facing
acute difficulties after last year violence.
After the violence
of last year 2012, in Maungdaw and Buthidaung Township, the Nasaka and army
occasionally took forced labor from Rohingya villagers.

Source KPN