Maung Kyaw Zan Phyu (Sallam Oic) & MDSH
Kyauktaw Township ׀ Monday, July 7, 2014
Myanmar’s Ann Township Police arbitrarily arrested nineteen Rohingyas on June 30 and June 2 respectively on their journey to the Capital Yangon and has been prosecuting them under the charges of “Illegal Cross-Border Immigration,” say locals of Kyauktaw.
Rohingya community in Kyauktaw Township has been blocked from access to means of their livelihoods since the violence in June 2012. They can’t even travel from a village to another. Therefore, many Rohingyas explore any possible means to escape this open-prison.
“Around 10:30PM on June 29, nineteen Rohingyas including men and women hail from *Paikthay village and *Kaung Tok village of Kyauktaw Township set off for Yangon in two groups by two cars. Each of them had to pay Kyat 2 Million to the agents for the journey. However, they all were soon caught and arrested by Myanmar authority when they were about to get to Ann Township.
One group was arrested on June 30, morning. Hearing the news of the arrests, another group of Rohingyas in the following car escaped into the forests leaving their car behind. However, being unable to starve any longer, they all, too, surrendered to the Ann Police on July 2.
Since then, they all have been detained in Ann Police Station and being prosecuted in the township court under the charges of Illegal Border-Crossing. They are said to have been being kept starved and tortured in the police station” said a local of Kyauktaw declining to be named.
On the other hand, Kyauktaw Police has been raiding Paikthay village since June 30 under the pretext of arresting the agents of the travelers. “They have been arresting innocent Rohingyas in the village and extorting money from them” he continued.
Rohingyas have been confined within Arakan and their own townships for decades. When they are caught travelling to the Capital Yangon and even other townships within the state, they are imprisoned under charges of “Illegal Cross Border Immigration” making them victims of gross human rights violations.
Note: *Paikthay village is locally known as “Zaillya Fara” and Kaung Tok is as “Hondol.”
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