Update news of northern Arakan

Maungdaw,Arakan State: September 8, Noor Khobir (23), son of Noor Hussain was arrested by police officer U Aung Kyaw Kent of Maungdaw police station. The victim belongs to Ward No.5 of Maungdaw Town. Later, he was released after taking Kyat 3000,000. The victim was arrested in the morning while he was going to the market for marketing, according to a close relative of the victim.

On the same day, at about 4:00pm, Mohamed Rofique (35), a labor from Ward No. 3 of Maungdaw Town was arrested by police while he was working at the market and later he was released after taking money.

Besides, Baksha Meah (43), son of Sultan was arrested by Burma’s border security force( Nasaka) of Pawet Chaung Nasaka out-post camp on September 9, at about 3:00 pm while he was sitting in his shop at the market. He is a shopkeeper, hailed from Wak Pyin village of Pawet Chaung village. After looting Kyat 14,000 from his pocket, the Nasaka went back to their camp, said a local shopkeeper.

Moreover, on September 12, in the morning, the police officer U Aung Kyaw Kent (police surveillance) accompanied by some other police men with civilian dress went to Ward No. 5 and arrested Sayed Hussain, son of Abdu Rahaman when he was getting out of his house. However, he was released after paying Kyat 300,000, said a local from the village.

Despite international pressure is going on, the present government is continuing its policy against the Rohingya community. It has been three months since Rohingyas have not been able to leave their houses such as in — Pauktaw, Rathedaung, Maungdaw, Kyauktaw, Min Bya, Paukktaw Pone Nar Kyun and Mrauk- Oo. Rohingyas are dying day by day as they do not have any food. Many people are being arrested, beaten and killed by security forces when they went out from their homes to buy food. They have been kept in their homes, according to an elite Rohingy.

On September 9, some Rohingya villagers of Nyaung Chaung (Khad(ir Bill ) village of Maung Daw tried to meet the commissionmembers at around 4 pm . But, they could not meet the commission members because of threats from Dr. Aye Maung, a member of the commission. He is the Chairman of Rakhine Nationalities Development Party (RNDP) who has instigated the violence against the Rohingyas and one of the main culprits of atrocities against Rohingyas. He threatened Rohingyas in many ways in front of the security forces. As a result, police Hluntin and Nasaka are encouraged to arrest Rohingya people in future. A culprit becomes a commission member means that commission is a bias, said an elder.

“Urgent UN monitor teams must be allowed into the areas and we need a UN Commission of Inquiry into who perpetrated crimes against humanity to Rohingyas, said a local leader”

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