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Rohingya villagers face restriction of movement, death

By The Stateless Rohingya

PAUKTAW: As hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh face the bleak prospect of forced repatriation to northern Rakhine State where the ongoing genocidal campaign unfolded in August 2017, Rohingya in other parts of the state are under chronic restrictions of human rights – particularly freedom of movement.

The restriction of movement to Rohingya in ghettoized villages and IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps has been worsened since the outbreak of 2012 state-sponsored genocidal campaign.

The majority of Rohingya villagers are completely cut off from access to farming, livelihood, healthcare and humanitarian assistance, and the villagers are desperately suffering to sustain in supporting to their families.

A Rohingya fisherman, in Pauktaw township, was killed by Rakhine extremists on January 8, 2018.

Mohammed Amin, aged 37, son of Noor Hussain, from Set Kei Pyin, Pyaing Taung was a fisherman by profession. He was reportedly living in the extreme misery without a house and in poverty as the villagers face the total restriction of movement.

After he was forced to take risk going for fishing in the early morning of January 8 for the starving family, he faced final injustice. He did not return. Upon informing Police Station, his body was found floating in a Rakhine Buddhist village.

The Rakhine village shifted the blame to another Rakhine village when being accused of killing Mohammed Amin.

The family of deceased now lives in more miserable life after losing the breadwinner, and face uncertainty.

The case of Mohammed Amin is just one of hundreds of unreported cases of killings that Rohingya experience under the Apartheid Burma led by Aung San Suu Kyi.

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