Brief Situation Report
“15 Days of Ongoing Violence against Defenceless Unarmed Rohingyans in Arakan State of Western Burma (8-22 June)”
On the Occasion of World Refugee Day- 20 June 2012
We undersigned nine Rohingya organizations would like express our earnest request to draw your urgent attention on the ongoing crisis in Arakan state of western Burma. According to the information we received in the past 15 days, the death number of Rohingyan is exceeded over 10,000 from Sittwe city alone and similar number from Maungdaw, Rathedaung and Kyauktaw townships. Most of them were shot dead, brutally beaten to death, burnt alive and killings of thousands of the rest of those taken away by security forces into hidden areas. At least, 25,000 of Rohingya houses were burnt down and more than 100,000 are homeless all over Sittwe, Maungdaw, Rathedaung, Rambre Island and Kyauktaw townships.
It is not fighting each other but it is another terror of well planned genocide by Rakhines cooperatively with local armed forces. From the beginning, Curfew and Order are restored only for Rohingya and confined within their homes. While Rakhines are openly allowed to trespass and attack Rohingya villages. Local security forces who are also Rakhine are sided with Rakhine people and explored more brutal crimes that include shooting fires into the houses and letting its partisan Rakhines to torch fire. Again, Rohingyans those came out from homes were brutally beaten and slaughtered and those fleeing were shot fires regardless of women or children. Plus, sexual abuses, looting goods and cash.
In advance, waters, electric, foods are cut-off and restriction imposed in Rohingya villages since 3 June. So, it is all about well planned ethnic-cleansing pogrom systematically turned into religious violence. Likewise, the government also shows its sympathy by setting up relief centres and contributing aid to those attacker Rakhines’ family members. While three is no consideration at all about homeless Rohingya victims of women, children and those injuries who are starving day by day.
Rohingyans are ending-up between gun-fires of security forces and lethal knives of Rakhine people. This time they can’t escape because security forces rounded up all the way out, those hiding in remote areas were also attacked by Rakhines and security forces and navy forces are patrolling across the beach and eliminating them.
There are urgently in need of effective international intervention. UN’s verbal pressure would not enough to ease on going violations supported by local authority and that would not safe the lives of remaining vulnerable Rohingyans. The matter of Rohingya is directly related to international principle and UN must effectively interfere urgently.
We would like to call United Nation and international communities to directly monitor the situation. And we demand;
-To immediately deploy International Peace Keeper Forces in Rohingya villages in order to protect the remaining Rohingyans,
-To send International Rescue Team to rescue Rohingyans who are floating between Burma-Bangladesh waters,
-To immediately stop various arrest, brutal abuses including sexual abuses and killing of Rohingyans,
-To immediately supply aid and medicines and provide shelter for homeless Rohingyans,
-To immediately release Rohingyans those taken away by authorities,
-To bring into account for Rohingyans those lost lives and lost properties and houses,
-To compensate all affected Rohingya victims,
-To assist in relocation of their own lands and reconstruction of their houses on the same their own lands.
Rohingya people are seriously and painfully suffering from starvation as there is no aid nor assistance they received while Rakhines have been enjoying all sorts of cares from authorities and well protected. Rohingyans need immediate supply of foods, clothes, medicines and shelters. Because, the restriction is still imposed on Rohingya people who are dying of hunger, lack of medical care, shelters and clothing.
It’s a serious crimes carry out against Rohingya in inside Arakan state that ignited from unrelated a Rakhine girl (Ma Thida Thwey) dead in her own Rakhine village of Tha-bray-chaung ward of Kyauknimaw village on 28 May 2012. Relating to this, Rakhine members of “Wanthanu Rakheta Association” distributed leaflets of blaming muslim on the day of 3 June early morning in Taungup township. It is just an excuse of racial instigation while Rohingya people are not allowed to enter or cross into Rakhine villages. Following this, ten Muslim pilgrims killed in a mob attacks by 300 Rakhines in Taungup township on the same day.
Since Gwa, Taungup, Tandwe and Ponnagyuan townships defined as muslim-free-zones within Arakan state from year 1983, there were several hundreds of Rohingyans were killed in similar way in these regions and such crime will be continued to carry until the government implemented such draconian act.
This is a certain consequence in Rohingya history again very soon after Rakhine rebel group- “Arakan Liberation Party-ALP” entered into Arakan state. We don’t know the secrecy of what type of promise established between Rakhine rebel-ALP and the government.
Historically, such cleansing pogroms were took place against Rohingya in years 1942, 1949, 167/68, 1978 and later of 1991. This time it’s well organized that Rakhine people received direct supports from the government armed forces.
The situation in Arakan is abusive and totally horror even in normal condition that every month at least hundred of Rohingyans were arrested with false charges and a few died during interrogation. Despite Rakhines people wrongfully describe Rohingyans are recent migrants, in deed in the past five decades there were no Rakhine settlement found in the territory of Northern Rakhine State. Today Rakhines those found in these regions were came from the program of model village settlement by the government from year 1991. It’s true that there are a few hundred thousands of Bengali people in Burma but they are mostly living in central Burma and Mon state. In Arakan state, Bengali population is not more than a few hundreds.
While international media are unable to reach into the areas where violences are carried out by terrorist Rakhines jointly with security forces, the local Burmese news groups are prepared to misinformed the world by filming of the dead bodies of Rohingyans after defaming their faces, dressing-up with yellow-robes of monk and putting guns on captive Rohingyans. Including Yangon Press International, VOA , RFA and other anti-Rohingya news agencies release fabricated news in the beginning. However, the nature of Burmese officials and Burmese news is well known to the world. And intl media reports must represent the victims’ voices rather than who are historically tyrants..
Rohingya people occasionally face intolerable violences are also part of the government’s responsibility for strucking Rohingya from citizenship right under 1982-new citizenship law based on the changes of Rakhine state from Arakan state in 1974.
International communities including the world leaders need to enhance the Burmese government to urgently halt on going brutal attacks against defenceless unarmed Rohingya, to take action against those involved and to restore Law and Order and to share equal rights of native Rohingya people including their citizenship right.
The following report is a brief of ongoing crisis in Arakan is developing day after day based on information attained from inside Arakan by the help of Rohingya activists in both home and exile. Some information are lately came as a result of communication difficulty therefore please read them all again.
1) ………………………. In Maungdaw township ………………..
The raped victims from FaThanSa village are; 1) Samira, daughter of Kala, 16 years old, 2) Arafa, daughter of Kala, 17 years old, 3) Yasmin, daughter of Gaffar, 17 years old, 4) Wife of Dil Muhammad, mother of 2, 22 years old. Victim number-4 (wife of Dil Muhammad) was gang raped by 3 high ranking military officers and now her situation is critical.
The raped victims from from Nurulla Fara are; 1) Humaira Begum, daughter of Kassim, 16 years old, 2) Formina, daughter of Shuna Mya, 19 years old, 3) Minara, daughter of Ula Mya, 16 years old, 4) daughter of Habibur Rahman, 17 years old, 5) daughter of Anwar, 19 years old.
2) ……………………………. In Akyab/Sittwe city …………………………..
Many Rohingya houses lists were taken by immigration authorities. Burned down Rohingya villages will be provided to Rakhine according to authorities.
His first term arrest was took placed in a few days before 1990 election in May therefore he was not became MP. He was released in the end of 1997 after serving eight years imprisonment.
6) ………………………In Kyauktaw township……………………..
During Rohingyans are confined within their houses, their properties such as cattle, goats, farming lands, crops and carts were already took over by Rakhine people. There is nothing left for Rohingya and now they are trapped and starved without foods and medication.
5) ……………..Buthidaung township……………….
In Paletwa township, Chin State
According to Mr Rofiq, chairman of Ethnic Rohingya Community-ERC based in Malaysia, a group of Rakhines with arms mostly who are not from Paletwa were entered into the muslim village and attacked against the villagers in the evening of about 21 June. Fortunately, the government authority arrived there in good time and seized all arms from Rakhines and drove them away. The authority promised to look after the villagers. However, up to today 25 June, they are confined within the village and
their properties and they own shops in the bazaar are likely to be destroyed.
FYI: Three are about 17 houses with estimated less than a hundred muslims belong to Rohingya are living in a hillside village, part of Myoatma Quarter, beside Rabyit Taung (Rabyit Mountain) of Chin people. It is only one muslim village in all over Paletwa town and Chins state as well. The town is 45 miles far from Kyauktaw township and situated along the Kaladan River. Originally, majority of the people of Paletwa are Khami and Chin people and some Rakhine people living in the town were later arrivals from Arakan/Rakhine state.
Bangladesh turns away Muslims fleeing Myanmar (8 boats- more than 300 Rohingyans on 11 June)
(Note: 300 Rohingyans mostly women and children those arrived by ten boats in Bangladesh shore are from Sittwe/Akyab city. They and other sources from Sittwe confirm that they were total about 30 boats departed from Sittwe-beach.) During they crossed the middle of the sea, the Burmese navy-ships followed to captured them and firing launchers to some. They saw some boats captured and some boats drowning.)
Some of Rohingya refugees land on Bangladesh soil (believe to be another 8 boats)
Bangladeshi officials on Monday intercepted an additional 128 Rohingya refugees–
Helicopters Fire on Rohingya Refugees– http://www.rfa.org/english/news/burma/refugees-06202012193820.html
(Helicopters open fire in the sea killed 3 of 6 boats load of Rohingya refugees fleeing sectarian violence from Sittwe.
National Democratic Party for Human Rights-NDPHR(exile),
National Democratic Party for Human Rights-NDPHR(exile), ndphrexile_usa_hq
Arakan Rohingya National organization-ARNO, nuromor
Burmese Rohingya Organization in United Kingdom-BROUK, tunkhin80
Burmese Rohingya Association in Thailand-BRAT, maungkyawnu74
Burmese Rohingya Association in Australia-BRCA, brca99
Burmese Rohingya Association Japan (BRAJ), z_htut
Burmese Rohingya for Democracy in Burma-RLDB, rldb_burma
Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia-MERHROM, rights4rohingya
National Council for Rohingya-NCR, ncr_malaysia
4) Rohingya eescaping and praying during the attacks in betweeen Aungmingala and Nazi villages of Sittwe- http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=3236750409639