Authority remove Rohingyas from us: Bangladeshi Boat people

The Boat people who were rescued from floating and stranded in the sea near Maungdaw claimed Burmese authority took away Rohingyas from their boat since May 19 night, said Bangladeshi boat people who were shift from Aley Than Kyaw, Maungdaw south to Taung Pyo, Maungdaw north on May 25.
200 boatpeople were transferred by 7 bus and 3 small vehicle which were belong to Rohingya community from Maungdaw. But, the authority only pay fuel, no foods for driver and assistant. The Bangladeshi boatpeople group arrived at Taung pyo closed to Gundum, Bangladesh at 12:00 noon, said an elder from Taung Pyo.

A high level officer from border force came to our boat on May 19 night which was anchored near the coast, asked for Rohingyas from Burma. They took Rohingyas by small fishing boats to the shore. In the boat, there were 360 people including female from Rohingya community. There were 13 female in the boat, the boat people said.

On May 21, the border force shift us from boat to shore where the authority again checked for Rohingya and spread them from group which took more time and  transferred us the next day. Whole night, we can’t sleep for asking questions. The border force were making sure, there were no Rohingya in the group, the Bangladeshi boatpeople said.

“The border force took around 40 Rohingyas were spread and kept in other room.”

When, we reach at a religious school compound, we met more people from INGOs and government official, where we meet UN high officer- Mr. Vijay Nambiar, the Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Myanmar, Ms. Renata Dessallien the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar, and senior Representatives of the UN System in Myanmar- and told every things – what happen to us and about Rohingya disappeared and we don’t know where about the Rohingya, the boat people said.

On the other side, authority hided 8 sailors from Kawthoung, Tanintharyi Division and their Burmese flag boat. All the sailors are Buddhist community and it was hired to trafficking Rohingya and Bangladeshi jobseeker by taking money, said an officer from Maungdaw.

Authority also arrested one trafficker –Alam, hailed from Kyacktaw – who is the in charge of transport for boatpeople. He received the boat people from his agent –Hashim Mullah, Aizim Mullah and Molana Abdul Karim- at boat. The so-called agents are the collaborators of authority and paying to army, Border guard police, special branch, Police and Sarapa  (Military intelligence) to open the road to move trafficking people. They also pay to Human trafficking department 1 million kyat per month, said Halim, a Human Rights watchdog from Maungdaw.

Agent took fist 200,000 kyat per head to pay to those departments and to run, this trafficking network is controlled by Special Branch Officer Aung Kyaw Thu stationed in Aley Than Kyaw and San Win, the officer of trafficking department of Maungdaw, Halim said.

Three Rohingya female from boat were taking back by their family members, paying to authority 450,000 kyat per head on May 19 and another 7 Rohingya went to their home after paying 200,000 kyat each, according to victim relatives.

The Bangladesh envoy for Burma arrived Maungdaw today and discussing with Maungdaw high level officers and  delivered the massage from Bangladesh government, said an official from Maungdaw.

The UN commended both the Union Government of Myanmar and Rakhine State Government for the important rescue of over 200 migrants in Myanmar waters on 21 May. Of these rescued migrants it is believed that 200 are young Bangladeshi males, 19 of whom were minors between 15-17 years of age. The migrants were taken ashore by the Myanmar Navy, and provided food, water, and temporary accommodation by the Myanmar government, local community, and Myanmar Red Cross Society, with support from the UN and INGOs, according to UN office of the resident & humanitarian coordinator, Yangon, Union of Myanmar press release dated May 25.

Mr. Nambiar recognized that the rescue had been undertaken with great seriousness and irrespective of the nationality of the stranded migrants.

Notwithstanding these welcome improvements, more work needs to be done to address the daily issues of discrimination, restricted freedom of movement, and deprivation of fundamental rights faced by the IDPs and other Muslim populations. The UN Delegation emphasized that the citizenship process and legal status, in particular, need urgent and comprehensive solutions, not only in Rakhine State, but also for other groups in Myanmar. The UN reiterated that efforts to address these rights need to be combined with concerted measures to urgently ramp up development initiatives for all communities of Rakhine State so that the critical challenges facing the state of extreme poverty, deprivation and exclusion are tackled through a comprehensive approach, the statement said.

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