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BGP Confiscate Lands, Make Rohingyas as Forced Labours

BGP Confiscate Lands, Make Rohingyas as Forced Labours
May 06
18:18 2015

By Rohingya Eye

Maungdaw, Arakan State (Rohingya Vision) – Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP) has recently confiscated several acres of farm lands belong to a Rohingya in southern Maungdaw, according to reliable sources.

It has been learnt that the BGP forces Rohingya passers-by to work as forced labours to build a camp for them on the lands confiscated.

“There is a BGP camp located to the north of Kyauk Pandu (Shitaaf) village. And to relocate the camp in the middle of the village, BGP confiscated 3.6 acres of land owned by U Sayed Ali (son of) U Dudu Meah, 45. When the owner of the land went to the BGP camp to ask for some compensation on April 25, the BGP replied that there was no need to pay any compensation to him because the order to confiscate the lands and relocate the camp there came from the higher officials.

Besides, the BGP arrest passing by Rohingya people and force them to work as forced labour all day long. Because of the forced labour and other forms of persecution by the BGP, the local Rohingya people dare pass through the check point. Therefore, the locals are in deep troubles” said an elderly person in a nearby village.

“Even the president of the country says that there are no more forced laboring and land grabbing going on in the country, the BGP forces are confiscating the lands without paying any compensation and also using forced labors. By crippling the livelihoods of the farmers and rendering without any source of survival, it is like the authorities are systematically pushing Rohingya people out of the country” he added.

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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