Terror against Rohingya in Buthidaung
Border Guard Police Forces patrol along the border with Bangladesh on October 15, 2016. (Photo – The Myanmar Times/Kaung Htet)
Myanmar military and Border Guards have been terrorizing Rohingya in Buthidaung of Arakan since last week of November 2016. State Counsellor Office Information Committee is propagating fabricated stories such as Rohingya of Buthidaung involve in terror training, possess hand-made guns and connected to terror groups. In reality, Army Commander from Light Infantry Unit (564) has been using some informers to extort money from Rohingya.
Last week of December 2016, army and border guards started extorting money from the villagers and soon they turned terrorizing Rohingya in Maung Gyi Htaunt, Dar Paing Sa Yar, Nga Kyin Tauk and Mee Chaung Zay Village tracts. They raided Maung Gyi Htaunt Village Tract at 10PM on 1st January 2017, arrested 5 youth including Kamaruddin, tortured them the whole night to admit as terror trainees and possession of hand-made guns.
“Among those young Rohingya, Muhammad Karim and Muhammad Ullah are in critical condition because of torture” reported by a kind Rakhine police. From 3.1.2017 to 5.1.2017, nearly 300 Rohingya from Maung Gyi Htaunt, Dar Paing Sa Yar, Nga Kyin Tauk and Mee Chaung Zay village tracts, were detained by the military and border guard police. Out of those three hundreds detainees, 245 Rohingya were released after extortion of money, three girls were missing, and the rest are still in their custody.
On 4th January 2017, Commander of battalion, ordered to gather all Imams from New Village of Mee Chaung Zay village tract, held a meeting at a school where commander gave a nice lecture of peace and security. After the meeting, Ward Administrator, Aung Naing and his brother Soe Myint were arrested because they failed to extort money from the villagers for the commander. The Soldiers and Border Guard Police looted valuable things from the shops belong to Rohinyga in Mee Chaung Zay Market.
In the pretext of “Clearance Operation” military planned to weaken all Rohingya in Buthidaung, install fear of army in every Rohingya’s heart, arrest all intelligent rich and young Rohingya. Terror against Rohingya by the Myanmar army and Border Guard Police continues in Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung as a way to Genocide. In late December, 13 Nobel Laureates including Professor Mohammad Yunus and 10 global leaders urged UN Security Councils to end Rohingya crisis which has “the potential for genocide” warning “If we fail to take action, Rohingya may starve to death if they are not killed with bullets“.
300 new prisoners from Buthidaung Prison were transferred to Kyauk Phyu Jail. Eight old prisoners arrested in 2013 were released from Kyauk Phu Jail who are still in the Kyauk Phyu IDP camp. One of them who talked to me said “Those 300 were transferred to Kyauk Phyu last month”. On 4th and 5th of January, two trucks of prisoners from Buthidaung were transferred to somewhere. An eyewitness saw taking them but he didn’t know the destination to where they were taken away.
Following two persons were from Maung Gyi Htaunt tortured to death on 4th January 2017.
Abdullah, son of Mohammad Amin, 22 years old
Jahangir, son of Amiruddin, 23 years old
Within two days from January 3, to January 5, 2017 nearly 300 Rohingya from Maung Gyi Htaunt, Dar Paing Sa Yar, Nga Kyin Tauk and Mee Chaung Zay village tracts, were detained by the military and border guard police. Out of those three hundreds detainees, 245 Rohingya were released after extortion of money, and the rest are still in their custody