A Rohingya father was injured and his two sons killed in a road accident between a pickup van and a CNG-run auto-rickshaw at Howaikong Balukhali under Teknaf Upazila on the Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf highway on September 2, 2019, according to Sharif Hasan, a sub-inspector of Nayapara Highway Police.
The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has issued a letter to mobile phone operators to stop the sale of SIM cards and telecommunication services in the Rohingya camps of Cox’s Bazar within seven working days, after Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar directed the commission on September 1, 2019.
Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh told UNHCR they would not go back to Burma until their demands were met, when officials distributed leaflets about repatriation door-to-door in Camps 26 and 27 near Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar, on August 21, 2019.Continue reading
Maungdaw township authorities last week forbade displaced Rohingya villagers from resettling back in their original village of Bakaguna, Bakargonenah village tract, according to Halim, a human rights monitor from Maungdaw.Continue reading
The Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO) demanded the removal of the racist term “Ku Lar” from the UN’s Myanmar Information Management Unit (MIMU) official maps of Northern Rakhine in an open letter to Mr. Knut Ostby, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar, dated May 2, 2019.Continue reading
November 22, 2018
New report debunks “terrorist attack” pretext for BurmaArmy operations against Rohingya
A new report by Kaladan Press gives a detailed account of theBurma Army’s August 2017 “clearance operations” in the large fishing village ofAlethankyaw in southern Maungdaw, uncovering new evidence that the operationsagainst the Rohingya were carefully pre-planned, and not a response to“terrorist attacks” on August 25, as claimed by the Burmese government.Continue reading
The centuries-old fishing community of Alethankyaw in southern Maungdaw is one of hundreds of Rohingya villages attacked and razed by Burmese government security forces during their brutal “clearance operations” that began in August 2017 and which drove over 720,000 refugees into Bangladesh.
The government maintains that the operations were in response to coordinated “terrorist” attacks on August 25
on thirty police posts, including in Alethankyaw, and that villagers burned their own houses and fled. But this report, based on in-depth interviews with thirty refugees from Alethankyaw, including fishermen, farmers, shopkeepers, housewives and teachers, tells a very different story: the nine-day assault by the Burma Army on their village was carefully pre-planned and implemented, and the 1,000-strong “terrorist” attack on Alethankyaw as described by the government did not and could not have happened.
The report “The Killing Fields of Alethankyaw,” based on eyewitness testimony, exposes systematic preparation and execution of the operations by government forces, using military infrastructure built up along the western edge of the Mayu mountain range since 2012 and Kaladan Press gives a detailed account of the Burma Army’s August 2017 “clearance operations” in the large fishing village of Alethankyaw in southern Maungdaw, uncovering new evidence that the operations against the Rohingya were carefully pre-planned, and not a response to “terrorist attacks” on August 25, as claimed by the Burmese government.
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