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Rohingyas Inhumanely Tortured in Sittwe Prison

By Rohingya Mirror

Sittwe (Akyab), Arakan State (Rohingya Vision) — The Sittwe Prison authorities have been torturing the Rohingya prisoners imprisoned arbitrarily in the last few years, according to the reliable sources.

Myanmar’s authorities have arrested thousands of innocent Rohingyas (just for being Rohingyas and) on pretext of inciting violence in June 2012 and afterwards. The arrestees have been arbitrarily imprisoned without any proper judicial trials and taken to different prisons in Arakan state.

In the Sittwe (Akyab) prison alone, the numbers of the Rohingya prisoners are

  • 700 from Maungdaw Township
  • 480 from Sittwe Township
  • 68 from Rathedaung Township
  • 240 from Paunktaw Township;
  • And 1700 from Kyauktaw Townships and Minbya Townships combined.

“100 prisoners are crammed into a cell made for 50 people. Only one liter of water is provided to a prisoner both for drinking and other use. Very little food is provided to them.

The prison police insult them and abuse them with derogatory words such as ‘Bengali Kulars, Dirty and Wicked people.’ They are forced to work as hard labors for the whole day. They are beaten and tortured.

Besides, the jail guards threaten to kill them if they complain to the head of jail-police about the tortures when he (the head of jail police) comes to visit the cells once a week” said a Rohingya who has recently visited the prison to see his relative.

“In early May this year, a Rohingya prisoner named Noor Alam (son of) Abul Kalam reported about the tortures by the jail police against his inmates to their head police officer of the jail. Therefore, the jail police, later, brutally killed him in the prison. He was from Gaung Taung village in Kyauktaw Township” he added.

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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