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Italian Ambassador to Myanmar Visits Volence-Hit Rohingya Areas

By RVision TV Correspondent | March 10, 2017

Maungdaw — The Italian Ambassador to Myanmar, H.E. Mr. Pier Giorgio Aliberti, visited the violence-hit Rohingya villages in northern Maungdaw yesterday (on March 9) evening, it has been reported.

As a part of his field visit to study the crimes committed against the Rohingya, H.E. the ambassador visited ‘Sinthaepyin (Haanti Fara)’ hamlet of ‘Longdoong’ village along with his team. During the visit, he cordially met with the villagers and inquired them about the situation that they have been facing since October 9, 2016.

“The Italian Ambassador arrived at ‘Haanti Fara’ at around 4:00 pm on March 9. He asked us about our situation. We explained him about how many people were tortured, our houses were plundered and hundreds of our women were raped by the Myanmar military and the Border Guard Police. We explained him everything. And he has recorded them.

“We have also proven to him with the old government-issued documents that we are an ethnic people with the identity ‘Rohingya.’ And he thanked us for welcoming him and his team and showing hospitality to them”, said a man after meeting with the ambassador in northern Maungdaw.

The Italian Ambassador is expected to visit more violence-affected Rohingya villages in the upcoming days.

The Rohingya population in northern Maungdaw region was under continuous attacks of the Myanmar military and the Border Guard Police from October 2016 to January 2017 in the name of ‘Clearance Operation.’ The UN Human Rights Council and Human Rights Groups claim that the Myanmar armed forces committed atrocity crimes against the Rohingyas during the so-called ‘Operation Clearance.’

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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