14th August 2013
Sittway, Arakan– UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar, Mr. Tomas Ojea Quintana, left Sittway (Akyab) at 4:00 PM yesterday (on 13th August 2013) and his 48-hour trip to Arakan ended. He visited Buthidaung on 12th August 2013 and wanted to visit Maung Daw on the same day. However, he could not proceed to Maung Daw. The earlier report on this topic can be read here: http://bit.ly/15uX5OJ
It has been learnt that at 8′ Olock yeterday morning, he visited Sittway prison to meet with U Kyaw Hla Aung, a lawyer and elderly Rohingya, and other Rohingya elders arrested and detained arbitrarily.
And in the afternoon, he visited Moi Loi Fara (Mowlake), Hosshafara and Andi Khola (Kyauk Ru Kwat Sun) in Aung Mingalar Quarter. He met Rohingya elders in the mosques in the said villages.
According to Rohingyas, he didn’t ask much things from Rohingyas but boversed the situation of Rohingyas on his own. No demands were made by Rohingyas either. Some of the questions he asked Rohingyas are on their population, their current situation, their livelihoods, their movements. At the end, according to some Rohingyas, he remarked Rohingyas are segregated in all aspects and badly discriminated.
However, he was not allowed to proceed to Rohingya IDP camps. Besides, he also met with the abbot of the Shwe Zaydi Monastery and elders from Rakhine community in Sittway as well.
As during his visit to Buthidaung, in Sittway as well, he had to face the fierce protests held by Rakhine extremists. They chanted abusive slogans against him and held banners with insulting words. However, according to a report by a Rohingya in Sittway, Mr. Quintana smiled at Rakhine protesters and said “I am happy no matter how you treat me.”
Moreover, it has been said that Rakhine extremists handed a letter over to him for UN demanding (UN)to replace Mr. Quintana with someone else.