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Elderly Rohingya beaten to death by Myanmar Police in Sittwe

By The Stateless Rohingya

SITTWE: A 60 years old Rohingya man was involved in a motorcycle accident and later beaten to death in a nearby police station in Khaung Doke Kar, Sittwe, at 8 AM (GMT +6:30), Saturday, August 5.

A Rakhine university student drove into Mohammed Abdul in high speed, resulting in severe injuries to the Rohingya man. The accident took place in front of Sittwe University which falls under No. 36 Police Station.

Instead of arresting the Rakhine student, police officers forcefully took the elderly Rohingya into the police station, where he was beaten inhumanely to death.

Mohammed Abdul, son of Ali Ahmed was on the way to a jewellery shop to sell his saving golden ornaments to feed his family of eight, who have been in the state of confinement without freedom of movement, occupation and extremely limited humanitarian assistance since the genocidal campaign in 2012.

The deceased body was transferred to his family following a post-mortem examination in the afternoon. However, there is no news of action being taken against the Rakhine motorcyclist, nor justice to the deceased family.

On Friday, August 4, a number of Myanmar Armed Forces roamed and raided Auk Nan Yar Rohingya village in Rathedaung township injuring five Rohingya in the open gunfire and arresting five more Rohingya, while Aung San Suu Kyi’s State Counsellor Office Facebook falsely blamed Rohingya villages.

Since October 2016, the atrocious actions of Myanmar Armed Forces, particularly Border Guard Police (BGP) and Police, which are made up of majority Rakhine ethnic people, have been documented by several independent journalists and media outlets – including arbitrary arrest, mass killing, gang-rape and destruction of properties.

The United Nations calls for independent investigations for alleged crimes against humanity committed against the persecuted Rohingya community in Rakhine State. Aung San Suu Kyi led NLD government continues to block the UN investigation team, deny the human rights abuses and give impunity to the perpetrators.

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