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Burma Stops Another Boatful of Rohingya from Concentration Camps

By Rohingya Vision TV | 28th November 2018

Authorities in Burma have stopped another boat carrying 93 Rohingya, fleeing the persecution in concentration camps in Burma’s Arakan State to find a safe place yesterday, according to sources.

The boat is believed to be the third bound for Malaysia stopped in Burmese waters since monsoon rains began to subside last month, bringing calmer weather, raising fears of a fresh wave of hazardous voyages after a 2015 crackdown on people smugglers.

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Moe Zaw Latt, director of the government office in Dawei, a coastal town in southern Burma, said fishermen had reported a “suspicious” boat to authorities. The navy stopped the boat on Sunday and detained the 93 people, who said they had come from the Thay Chaung camp in the Arakan State capital of Akyab, he said. Thae Chaung is about 900 km (560 miles) northwest of Dawei and holds internally displaced people.

“They said they ran away from the camp. They said they intended to go to Malaysia,” said Moe Zaw Latt, adding authorities were preparing to send them back to Akyab yesterday.

Photographs in media showed police standing by as passengers, many of them women in headscarves and children, huddled on the deck. The boat resembled vessels the Rohingya typically use to escape the apartheid-like conditions in Arakan State, where their movements and access to services are severely curtailed.

A Rohingya Girl in Daw Gyi IDP Camp in Akyab (Sittwe) in 2017. Image by: RVISION TV

The U.N. refugee agency has said Burma must “address the root causes of displacement,” including the lack of citizenship for the Rohingya, who are native to Arakan State.

More than 800,000 Rohingya crossed into Bangladesh last year fleeing an army crackdown in the north of Arakan State, according to U.N. agencies. U.N.-mandated investigators have accused the Burmese army of “genocidal intent” and ethnic cleansing. Burma has denied most allegations of atrocities even after their crimes were exposed with evidence.

Read more from Source: Daily Sabah