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Rohingya villagers tortured in northern Maungdaw

Rohingya victims of Myanmar armed forces torture

By The Stateless Rohingya

A very elderly Rohingya and five women were among them who were physical tortured by Myanmar armed forces

MAUNGDAW: On Sunday, December 25, Myanmar military and Border Guard Police (BGP) entered U Shey Kya (Bura Shidda Fara) and Kyar Gaung Taung (Rabailla) villages for the fifth time since October 9 after the vicious clearance operations unfolded in the northern Maungdaw.

The victims of more than 2-month of operations who have witnessed extremely forms of human rights abuses – summary killing, arbitrary arrest, mass rape and destruction of properties, under the hands of armed forces and Aung San Suu Kyi led government, the Rohingya villagers again endured torture, humiliation and harassment.

In the early morning of Sunday at 6:05 am, the armed forces came after the villagers arresting innocent Rohingyas from U Shey Kya and Kyar Guang Taung. They were taken with the forces while torturing along the way until 7:00 pm.

They were released after severely tortured that includes a 106-year old Rohingya elderly man named Mothu, son of Innah Min from Kyar Guang Taung who remains in critical condition. The names of five Rohingya men are obtained, though it is reported that many remain unreported.

A Rohingya man from U Shey Kya shows the injured face

Teacher Sayed Karim (age 70, son of Ezarmiah), Abul Jalil (age 30), Shomullok (age 45, son of Abu Taher) and his 15-year old son from U Shey Kya were physically assaulted and tortured. It is also reported that the beard of Shomullok was torched with fire.

Moulana Mohammed Jalil, a 60 years old highly respected religious scholar from Kyar Gaung Taung was among the group of Rohingya who were beaten. He was also forced to see as the armed forces brought Rohingya women in front of him and sexually harassed.

Moulana Mohammed Jalil, a respected religious scholar as beaten on Sunday

Four girls were sexually harassed and another 40-year old woman was beaten severely “dragging and strangling” by the neck.

In fear of further harassment and torture, many villagers – men, women and children fled the villages taking shelter in nipa-tree farms.

The constant terror of military operations against Rohingya civilians in the north of township has caused immense damage and casualty in terms of life, material and security, and becoming the easy preys of the notorious armed forces who continue to ignore the international outcry on the human rights abuses or “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya

Scared Rohingya children and women hide in nipa-tree farm, Kyar Gaung Taung