By Rohang Maung ׀ Saturday, August 30, 2014
Pauktaw, Arakan ׀ rvisiontv.com
Myanmar’s Navy arrested around 120 displaced Rohingyas escaping the concentration camps at Myebon Township in Arakan State last Tuesday and sent them back to the camps, according to the local sources.
The internally displaced Rohingyas were arrested as they were leaving their Taung Paw Concentration Camps in Myebon Township for Sin Htet Maw Camps in Pauktaw Township. According to the sources, the people at the camps are facing severe scarcity of food resources, nutrition and medical facilities etc.
“Around 120 displaced people set off from Taung Paw concentrations for Sin Htet Maw camps by a boat on August 26 evening. They were intercepted and arrested by the Myanmar Navy at Taung Phoo Naval Base on the way to Sin Htet Maw around 10PM of the same night. Then, they were transferred to the Pauktaw Police who in turn sent them back to the concentration camps.
They were leaving the Myebon concentration camps because there are hardly any foods, medicines and clean drinking water. They rarely receive aids from NGOs or INGOs. On top of that, they are rendered jobless as their access to livelihoods has been banned” said a local Rohingya in Myebon.
“They are also subjected to accept the ‘Bengali’ identity against their wish and processed under 1982 Citizenship Law, a law that violates all international standards and norms” he added. (Also read: 1982 Citizenship Law of Burma: Is or Isn’t It Applicable Today?)
There were 120 people on the boat. Of them, 66 were men, 20 women and 34 children. We have received the details of the 40 people and that of the remaining 80 people are pending.
The former UN Human Rights Rapporteur to Burma, Tomas Quintana, has compared the Rohingya camps in Myebon with Open Prisons and Concentration Camps.
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