Forced labor resumes in Maungdaw south

Maungdaw, Arakan State: The systemic and discriminatory practice of forced labor against the Rohingya community has been resumed recently in Maungdaw south, Arakan State, said a local elder on condition of anonymity.
“Burmese concerned authorities —army and Nasaka (Burma border security force) resume forced labor as usual, in Maungdaw Township.”

According to sources, Nasaka personnel of Nasaka area No. 7 have been using forced labor from Rohingya people for repairing  roads for three days which were damaged by heavy rain recently.

Nasaka personnel arrested Rohingya villagers from the road and villages where they met for forced labor, sources said.

A villager said on condition of anonymity, “10 villagers including me are arrested from the Khonza Bill village and from the roadside by the Nasaka personnel on July 2. After that, we were brought to the road, which is connecting to Sea beach to Aley Than Kyaw-Maungdaw high way, where we have to work whole day without having any food.”

The villager also said, “They do not provide us any wage.”

When asked an ex-village administrator, he told that the discriminatory action against the Rohingya community is a great human rights violation  while the Rohingya villagers have been facing acute difficulties after last year violence.

After the violence of last year 2012, in Maungdaw and Buthidaung Township, the Nasaka and army occasionally took forced labor from Rohingya villagers.

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