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Sittwe Court Sentences 18 Rohingyas to One-and-Half-Year Imprisonment

By RVision Correspondent

Sittwe, Arakan (Rohingya Vision) – Sittwe (Akyab) Township Court sentenced 18 Rohingyas to one-and-half-year Imprisonment each under immigration act Section 13 (1) on August 5, a local said.

All of the people imprisoned are locals of Sittwe Township with most of them being internally displaced people (IDP) living in the IDP Camps. They were arrested and charged by the Sittwe Immigration under ‘Illegal Border Crossing’ on April 7, 2014 for returning from Bangladesh after getting medical treatments.

“They are all innocent. There were no access for the Rohingyas here to medical and health services after the INGOs and the foreign humanitarians were ousted by the violent Rakkhine extremist mob at the end of March 2014.

They travelled to Bangladesh to have medical treatment required critically. As they returned, they were arrested and charged by the immigration,” said a local in Sittwe.

On August 5, they were sentenced to one and half year imprisonment. There were some very sick and elderly people among those imprisoned,” he added.

The locals view that the imprisonments are extremely unjust, unsympathetic and prejudicial because it happened at a time that everyone is facing miseries in the region and all over the country as the result of disastrous aftermaths of the recent Komen Cyclone and they didn’t do anything illegal by returning to their own country after taking medical treatments in Bangladesh.

On one hand, the government has declared amnesty for many prisoners in the country and released many, on another hand; they have imprisoned many innocent people.

The 18 people are

No Name Father’s Name Age Address
1 U Mohammed Rashid U Mohammed Hussein 60 Bawdupha IDP Camps
2 Daw Gul Bahar [sic] U Abdur Rashid 82 Darpaing Rwa Haung
3 Daw Salima U Abul Fazal 76 Darpaing IDP Camps
4 U Kyaw Min U Noor Ahmed 69 Bumay village
5 Daw Shafica U Sharif 53 Bawdupha IDP Camps
6 Daw Aishah U Mohammed Hasan 52 Bawdupha IDP Camps
7 U Siddique ??? 54 Bawdupha IDP Camps
8 Daw Monira Begum U Hasan 40 Thakkay Pyin IDP Camps
9 ??? U Abdu 40 Bawdupha IDP Camps
10 Daw Rahima Muhammad Hasan 48 Bawdupha IDP Camps
11 Nesar Ahmed ??? 28 Bawdupha IDP Camps
12 Mohammed Hussein U Nazir Ahmed 29 Thay Chaung Village
13 Ismail U Mohammed Rashid 27 Darpaing Rwa Haung
14 ??? USiddique 14 Bawdupha IDP Camps
15 Mohammed Shafi U Omar Siddique 10 Bawdupha IDP Camps
16 ??? U Maung Hla 10 Bawdupha IDP Camps
17 ??? U Abdu Nabi 10 Bawdupha IDP Camps
18 ??? U Abdu Nabi 7 Bawdupha IDP Camps

Of the 18 people, three women, Daw Gul Bahar [sic], Daw Salima and Daw Shafica are facing severe diseases. Daw Gul Bahar [sic] was later transferred to Sittwe General Hospital for treatment.

Daw Salima is patient of Heart Disease, Chronic Gastric Pains and Kidney Diseases, Daw Shafica has asthma and had her one-eye operated and another one also needs treatments.

Later, the four under-aged children, three of age 10 and one of age 7, were released.

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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