UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights visits Maungdaw

UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Mr Tomas Ojea Quintana visited Burma from July 30 for four days  accompanied by other members visited Maungdaw Township, Arakan today (July 31), at about 1:30 pm by three Helicopters, according to an elder from Maungdaw.

“But, one of three landed at Nyaungchang village and two others landed at Aley Than Kyaw village to oversee the situation of the recent event which is occurred between Rohingyas and Rakhines, the latter backed by concerned authorities. Later, the helicopters also flew to Maungdaw town.”

After landing the helicopters, some representatives went to the house of Sayedullah, a Nasaka aide with tight security of Nasaka and Sarapa and called the villagers who want to talk to them. Hearing it, villagers rushed to the spot to talk to the representatives, but all of them were driven out from the place by the Nasaka. Later, two villagers- Shadullah, 30, son of Asharf Meah and Moulana Abdul Rahaman, son of Syed Ullah- went to the spot to say some events of the Rohingya villagers. All of them said regarding the recent events. But, Shadullah – a student – especially expressed the facing troubles made by concerned authorities, so, the Sarapa (Military Intelligence) is looking for him after departing helicopters at about 4:05 pm. Therefore, we are very worry for the fate of the villager, said an elder from Alay Than Kyaw.

“The concerned authorities know how to fabricate and what to do before the delegation arrive. Therefore, the situation in Arakan is little bit quiet down just within these days but it will be back to original position once after Mr Quintana’s leaving from Burma.”

“Many people are living in open area without any shelter but sometime they were brought to designated places and taken pictures to show up that they were in safe places.”

Of course, the helpless Rohingya people will dare to speak to the representatives. If anyone who speaks the truth will be arrested and tortured upon leaving of Mr Quintana. It is a worry that the government will make some Rohingya as their puppets and let those to meet representatives along with Mr Quintana and will hide the reality and cover up their crimes against Rohingyas, said a school teacher from Maungdaw.

“A authority puppet – Mujeb Ullah, acting Ward numbers two administration officer – organized some educated Rohingya elder –Aman Ullah (a lawyer),Nurul Amin ( a lawyer), Dr.Zawhir, Hamid, Nurul Haque- to meet UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Mr Tomas Ojea Quintana and other members in Maungdaw district administration office where they will talk as per the direction of authority which will hide all crimes against Rohingyas by authorities –Army, Nasaka, police and Hluntin. The Rohingya elder met with delegations and talk in a room which the authority for them. But, they will talk the real situation of Rohingyas in Maungdaw passing their lives since June 8.”

The Maungdaw authorities also design some Hindu youths as Rohingya religious students, with long dress and hat of Islam religious students to meet the delegations where they will explain about the situation of Rohingya life as per authority aspiration. All the Hidu youths are from Shwezarr village tract, said an elder from Shwezarr village.

On the other hand, Rakhine community from Maungdaw opposed the visiting of UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Mr Tomas Ojea Quintana and its delegations with holding placard which read Get out  UN, No interfere in Myanmar, WE don’t want UN and etc. The Rakhines line up from Shwe Thazine Hotel to Myoma Kayoungdan  road where the delegations went through the road. But, The security forces are not allow Rohingya community to see or to meet in the town  along the road. All the Rohingyas were drove out from thee road by security force, using  the emergency Act 144. But, Rakhines , the security forces  allowed them to stay along the road with placard to oppose the UN delegation. For Rakhine community, no need of emergency ACT 144, said an educated Rohingya from Maungdaw. “ I thinks, it is the direction of Distract administration officer, Aung Myint Soe to oppose the delegations.”
“The Rakhines applied for permission for demonstration under emergency ACT 144 and if they apply it need at least one week to get permission. It seen now, this is the plan of Distract Administration officer idea to do this.”

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