August 11, 2014
Maungdaw, Arakan State: No one from Rohingya community is going to participate the so-called population data collection in block number 2 and Myoma Khayoungdan village, while the data collecting officers are waiting in the areas today, said Rashid Ahmed, a school teacher from Maungdaw.
Block admin officer of number 2, U Yousuf, is trying to convince the villagers under his block to participate the so-called population data collection process, but nobody came forward, Rashid said.
U Yousuf, the admin officer of block number 2, forced yesterday to influence persons who named names were appeared in the letters issued by BGP immigration officer Soe Myint Tun from BGP headquarters to participate so-called population data collection, to give their family list documents and filled the Forms with all data of family list without the influence persons who names were in the letters, said Halim, a Human Rights Watchdog from Maungdaw.
Today, again the officers came to block number 2 to collect remaining Rohingya families’ members for so-called population data collection process, but no one was appeared to join with them, Halim said.
Similarly, the immigration officers from BGP headquarters came to Myoma Khayoungdan village to collect the so-called population data collection, but all the Rohingya from the village are waiting near the officers , no join in the processing, Suban, an elder from the village.
Yesterday, the officers came and met with the persons who received the letters issued by Immigration officer Soe Myint Tun and refused to participate without race name “Rohingya”. After arguing on name of “Rohingya”, the officers left the village and today again came to village for so-called population data collection, Suban said.