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Myanmar Security Forces Continue Torturing Rohingya in Rakhine

By Mohammed Ashik, The Stateless Rohingya

BUTHIDAUNG: Myanmar security forces raided Ah Twin Hnget Thay Middle Village in Buthidaung, Rakhine state on October 18, 2017 and involved in torturing of Rohingya villagers inhumanely.

The soldiers beat up Abdul Hamid, 43, s/o Mohammad Ismail, badly leaving heavy injury to his private parts. They also extorted a good amount of money from Rohingya family and threatened to return and kill them if they reported the incident outside or international media.

The practice of extorting money from Rohingya is so widespread in Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung in the midst of campaign of genocide. The poorer Rohingya, who are unable to meet the demand of extortion, are forced to flee their villages and most of them end up crossing into Bangladesh.

The security forces are also coercing Rohingya villagers to accept National Verification Card (NVC). Since 2012 the Rohingya people have been refusing to accept NVCs on the ground that the identification removes the right to self-identification as ‘Rohingya’. Now, along with each NVC, the authorities are offering a package of 40,000 kyats, in an attempt to entice them to accept the cards.

TheStateless.com has learned from reliable sources that when some Rohingya are being forced to accept the NVCs, their lands, houses and other properties are also being taken over by the government fraudulently. Rohingya villagers of Ah Twin Hnget Thay have also been ordered by the authorities to provide free labour for next six months.

Rohingya people have lived in Myanmar for centuries, and they are not foreigners. Even the Myanmar government used to view the members of the community as citizens of the country some decades ago. But, now the government led by Aung San Suu Kyi and the military are trying to erase the identity of Rohingya.

In a new form of extortion, Myanmar government officials are forcing Rohingya villagers in Ah Twin Hnget Thay to pay out rent for their own houses.