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    Rohingya women gang-raped as International Delegates visit

    The two rape victims in Laung Don, Maungdaw. November 2.

    By Jahangir / The Stateless Rohingya

    The Myanmar military gang-raped 2 Rohingya women while UN and foreign diplomatic delegation making visit in Rohingya villages

    MAUNGDAW: A delegation of UN and international diplomats finally make a visit to the north Maungdaw Township after more than three weeks of continuous the Myanmar Military and Border Guard Police abuses towards the persecuted Rohingya Muslim, following the attacks on three police posts on October 9.

    The 10-member delegation led by US ambassador Scot Marciel, UK ambassador Andrew Patrick, EU ambassador Roland Kobia, Chinese ambassador Hong Liang and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Renata Dessallien, concluded their visit to 5 Rohingya villages in Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships on November 3.

    While the delegation visiting Kyikanpyin, Ngakura, Nga Sa Kyu, Kyein Chaung and Pyaung Pike villages, the military who were stationed at Laung Don village, gang-raped two Rohingya women. Rohingya from Laung Don were denied of meeting the delegation despite the entire village including women, men and children came out of the village to express the persecutions they come under since the attacks.

    The women, age 27 and 28 from Chaik Chaung (locally known as Gerak Khali) hamlet of Laung Don, were robbed of their jewelleries, torn off their clothes and raped at the gunpoint by the assigned military officers in the village.

    A rape victim on condition of anonymity said, “After the two officers robbed us, they torn our clothes off and raped us. Then two more came and continued raping us. When we screamed for help, they beat us.”

    It is not the first time that the crime is committed by the armed forces. There have been more than 50 rape cases and countless of sexual assaults towards Rohingya women, being reported since the offensive military operation is undertaken in the Muslim-majority region of Rakhine State.

    The 2-day visit came after concerning-call from international human rights and other organizations such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Fortify Rights, Burma Human Rights Network, UN and Asian MPs,  on the grounds of extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests, destructions of houses and villages, and indiscriminate gang-rapes of Rohingya women as the armed forces poured in the northern Maungdaw.

    Only the state-controlled media were allowed to accompany and many people introduced to the delegation were recruited in advance by the military to deliberately distort the actual image of military abuses in the region.