Buthidaung jail authority shifts Rohingya prisoners

Maungdaw, Arakan State: The Buthidaung jail authority had shifted Rohingya prisoners to different places – police custodies – of Maungdaw and Buthidaung today, according to an official who didn’t want to mention his name.
“The jail authority had ordered from high officials to shift Rohingya prisoners who are educated, smart persons and can able to complain about human rights violations to the United Nations Special Rapporteur Tomás Ojea Quintana who will visit  Arakan (Rakhine) State, Kachin State, Shan State, Chin State and Meikhtila in Mandalay Region of Burma during August 11 -21.”

The Burmese government is trying to hide the violations on Rohingya community and try to hide 32 Rohingya prisoners from jail to Maungdaw police custody and 30 Rohingya prisoners to Buthidaung police custody today where the custodies are full of detainees, said a Rohingya elder from Maungdaw.

“In Buthidaung jail, more than 1000 Rohingya prisoners who were sentenced without trail since June 2012 on false allegation of involving in the riot. Some were died in the jail for torturing and the family menders still didn’t know where the dead body was kept or buried.”

But, “The Government’s agreement to provide me with such wide-ranging access to different parts of the country will give me an excellent opportunity to assess how the human rights situation is evolving as the reform agenda moves forward,” noted the rights expert, who visits Myanmar at the invitation of the Government, according to UNOG website.

“In Rakhine State, I will be looking at the steps being taken to implement the President’s vision of developing a harmonious, multi-cultural society in Myanmar, which respects and protects the human rights of all. This will include measures to ensure that the perpetrators of human rights violations, including state officials, are held to account,” Mr. Ojea Quintana said. “I will also be looking for progress in addressing the long-standing discrimination against the Rohingya community there.”

During his eleven-day visit to Myanmar, the United Nations Special Rapporteur intends to visit the remaining prisoners of conscience and the detained INGO humanitarian staff, the website also mentioned.

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