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Rohingya beaten, house destroyed by Myanmar Military in Northern Maungdaw

By The Stateless Rohingya

Aung San Suu Kyi’s government and Senior-general Min Aung Hlaing’s military have given the security forces the green light to commit crimes against humanity on Rohingya civilians without any consequences or accountability

When Rohingya farmers were working in their paddy fields, Myanmar security forces raided Kyang Guang (Chingri Para) hamlet of Laung Don at 11am, Wednesday, August 16.

The unexpected raid, which now becomes common form of human right abuses against Rohingya in Northern Rakhine State, forced the villagers in the centre of forces cutting of the escape-root as the military raids usually carry intimidation, suppression and torture.

At least 40 Rohingya farmers were beaten with boots and rifle butts, and landed several punches in the middle of a field. After humiliation and torture, a Rohingya was arrested and taken away to the military outpost for further interrogation.

According to Aung San Suu Kyi’s “State Counsellor Office Information Committee” Facebook page, the Rohingya victim is identified as 55-year-old Mohammed Siddique, son of Basa Miah, who has been arrested for the suspicion of being involvement in Rohingya rebel group – the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, in the region.

The committee, which has become the main source of Myanmar government propaganda against Rohingya civilians, is in no hesitance in labelling innocent Rohingya farmers and villagers as “terrorists” or “terrorist suspects”. It also labelled Mohammed Siddique as a member of “terrorist group” and being in pursuit of legal action against him.

On August 17, a brigade numbering nearly a hundred from Outpost No. 24, also raided Ree Dar hamlet of Done Paik (Aung Seik Pyin) at approximately 8am, where they demolished the house belonged to Hasan (27, son of Abul Alam), accused him of having connection with the rebel group. His house being taken down twice in the space of months although many villagers under anonymity claimed that he is innocent and not involved in any rebel activities.

Like many Rohingya men, Mr. Hasan is now forced to hide and separate from his family for being a member of Rohingya community.

Raids, lootings and destructions of Rohingya properties and belongings have become common affairs for Myanmar armed forces to target the ordinary Rohingya villagers, and arrest, label and torture them whichever and whenever the security forces want.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s government and Senior-general Min Aung Hlaing’s military have given the security forces the green light to commit crimes against humanity on Rohingya civilians without any consequences or accountability.