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Rohingya men physically assaulted in southern Maungdaw

By The Stateless Rohingya

MAUNGDAW: In the coastal region of southern Maungdaw Township, Myanmar military forces severely beaten two Rohingya fishermen, Mohammed Rafique (s/o) Naju Mia and Fazal Ahmed who went to the shore in Thin Baw Kwae west (locally known as Kullúng) on Thursday, November 17.

Both Rafique and Fazal are brought to their respective homes in unconsciousness

Both Rafique and Fazal are brought to their respective homes in unconsciousness

The two men were harassed and beaten indiscriminately as they prepared putting fishing-net in the water. Brother of Mr. Rafique received punches in his face along with several children who were also presence on the shore.

With the fear of arrival of military in the village, Rohingya villagers escaped into a nearby forest to take shelter.

The reason of the harassment came after a boat belonged to Anam Ullah, a Rohingya fisherman, which was cut loose by an unknown person from the boat-anchor. After seeing the boat in the middle of water, the police arrested a dozen of Rohingya men who went fishing and taken photographs of them. The police later handed them to the military who in turn beaten the men, among them are Mr. Rafique and Mr. Fazal.

The severity of the physical assaults can be seen clearly on both victims

The severity of the physical assaults can be seen clearly on both victims’ bodies

Just loosening a boat amounts severe torture and harassment towards Rohingya civilians as the township is taken over by the lawlessness of armed forces who are committing crimes against humanity – extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests, gang-rapes and destructions of houses and villages under “Clearance Operation” in the northern part of the township since October 9.