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Nine Rohingyas Released from Central Prison Insein of Yangon

U.W.T ׀ Sallam Oic Group

Monday, June 23, 2014

An aerial view of Insein Prison (Photo: Steve Tickner / The Irrawaddy)
An aerial view of Insein Prison (Photo: Steve Tickner / The Irrawaddy)

Nine Rohingya ethnic people were released from Central Prison Insein in Yangon Division on June 19, 2014. They arrived at Immigration office in Pyay Township of Pegu Division around 3:00PM of the same day.

They were arrested as they were travelling to Capital Yangon few years ago. (Note: Rohingyas are not allowed to travel to the capital.) Of them, seven are men and two are ladies. Seven of them originate to Kyauktaw Township of Arakan state and one each does from Sittwe (Akyab) and Buthidaung Townships respectively.

They were transferred from Yangon to Thayarwaddy and from Thayarwaddy to Pyay. And an officer at Pyay Immigration office, U Yan Naing Aye, said that they would be sent to Ann Township of Arakan state.

A group of local Muslims of Pyay Township went to see the Rohingya Muslims at the immigration office. They provide food to them (Rohingyas) and gave some gifts as well. “The Rohingya Muslims we went to see could speak Burmese fluently. They are educated people. Therefore, I don’t think they are illegal immigrants as accused. They just had to escape Arakan due to the lack of employment and some obvious aggressions by Rakhines” said one of them.

“They, together with immigration officials, set off for Arakan state at 4:00PM of the day” he added.

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