April 1, 2017

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Maungdaw- Tensions continued in the restive village tract of Ludaing in Maungdaw North after joint forces once again surrounded the area on Saturday.

Meanwhile 11 Rohingyas who were arrested from the area on Friday were taken to Nga Khura police station. However, their exact location at present is not known. There are confirmed reports that they are not in the Nga Khura camp on Saturday.

One source alleged they are facing inhumane torture in one of the notorious camps in Kawa Bil or the town area.

During the clearance operation, many who were taken to these camps had their eyes gouged out.

Torture of Rohingya prisoners is common resulting in the maiming and death of hundreds since 2012.

Incidentally Ludaing was one of the villages targeted during the recent clearance operation, resulting in the deaths of dozens of civilians.

April 1, 2017

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Maungdaw- A huge Tatmadaw team took up positions in a Taung Pyo neighbourhood on Wednesday, causing panic among locals.

The soldiers have maintained positions till the filing of the report.

The soldiers have reportedly taken up positions in the Kiang Mong neighbourhood after a former chairman was reported missing on Wednesday. Locals fear the Tatmadaw will use false allegations of abduction to harass and even torture innocent civilians. 

March 31, 2017

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Buthidaung- Tatmadaw forces once again raided the village tract of Ta Mi in Buthdaung and assaulted scores of women.

On Saturday, the forces went house to house and detained more than 50 women. All the men had fled the area as many have been arrested in the last few days and tortured in custody.

Incidentally armed forces have continuously raided the village over the last few days.

The detained women were taken to a spot where around 15 of them were severely beaten up.

Some of the houses were also looted. 

March 31, 2017

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Maungdaw- A huge team of Tatmadaw and Hlun Htein personal entered the restive village tract of Ludaing and detained scores of Rohingyas.

As the forces entered the village at around 11am on Friday, the villagers, including women and children scattered and fled. However,  the Tatmadaw and Hlun Htein managed to catch scores of villagers.

Ludaing was one of the villages targeted during the recent clearance operation, resulting in the deaths of dozens of civilians. As a result, there is still panic at the approach of the security forces.

The raid however came as a surprise as locals did not anticipate the sudden arrival of so many Tatmadaw and Hlun Htein personal, which numbered at around 300 personnal. There was a sudden feeling that the Tatmadaw was resuming operations that had been halted in December leading to utter terror in the area.

The arrested Rohingyas were taken to a school where many were severely beaten up.

11 of them have been taken to custody while the rest were released. 

March 29, 2017

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Buthidaung- A logger was critically injured in an attack by Hlun Htein personal in the woods outside his village.

Shamsu Alam went out of his home in Ke Singa Para on Wednesday to collect wood when some Hlun Htein personal attacked him.

Details are not clear as the victim is yet to regain full consciousness All he can do at this moment is cry out for water.

His teeth have been broken, and blood is gushing out his mouth, hours after the assault took place.

He was earlier rescued by locals in a semi-conscious state by locals. He is still in a critical condition.

Many loggers and fishermen who venture out of their localities have found themselves attacked by security forces or hostile Rakhine gangs. Activists allege this is a systematic effort to deprive Rohingyas out of a livelihood, create food shortages, and force the populace to migrate to Bangladesh.

Most Rohingya villagers are dependent on logging and fishing for survival. 

 

 

March 27, 2017

Maungdaw- The notorious tabbey of Hassu Rata, Saw Deya Oo, has severely assaulted a schoolboy and fined him for not ‘liking his lunch’.

On Thursday, Saw Deya intercepted schoolboy Faisal and told him he will be in trouble if he did not bring him lunch. Faisal discussed the matter with his father Aman Ullah and took the food to him in the afternoon.

But when Saw Deya saw the hurriedly prepared food, he flew into a rage and started beating up the boy. He then brought in Hlun Htein forces and alleged the boy was trying to poison him.

Later Aman Ullah negotiated a settlement with a payment of 700,000 kyats.

Incidentally Saw Deya and his gang have long been operating a lucrative trafficking business in the coastal village of Hassu Rata. He is known as a close aide to the security forces.

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March 27, 2017

Buthidaung- Hlun Htein personal and village authorities fined a man for marrying without proper permission.

On Thursday night, they went to the house of Abdul Malek in Kyaun Taung and threatened the man with arrest and torture. The victim had to pay 500,000 kyats to the authorities.

Under the laws of Arakan state, Rohingya Muslims are not allowed to marry without permission from village authorities. 486207106

March 29, 2017

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Maungdaw- Two sick patients from Shil Khali, Maungdaw North were brutally assaulted and robbed by police as they were en route to a doctor in Maungdaw town.

Md Hashim and his son Md Malik were stopped at a checkpoint near the clock tower on Sunday. Here the police asked them to produce their NVC. When the two men said they were yet to receive the NVC, the police swooped on them, and brutally beat them up.

The police then kept all their money.

The victims had no money left to see the doctor after that.

March 26, 2017

Buthidaung- Four Rohingya men were arrested and tortured by joint forces in Ta Mi, Buthidaung. 

Shortly after Friday midnight, on the start of Saturday, forces from 552 battalion, along with police and Hlun Htein personal from their Kyan Taung base entered the village tract and started entering Rohingya homes and severely beating the male inhabitants. Many were severely injured in the assault.

Four men were taken away. Local sources allege they are under intense torture in custody. No reason has been given for their arrest. 

A tense situation is prevailing in the entire area. 

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March 27, 2017

Buthidaung- An elderly Rohingya man was killed by Tatmadaw personal when he refused to do slave labour.

On Friday, Abdul Malek, 53, was outside his village of Emmai Para when a group of army personal intercepted him and said he would have to do slave labour for them. Abdul refused saying he was too old to work as a labourer at this age. As soon as he said this, the soldiers proceeded to beat him, and started smashing his head against the rocks.

The force of the attack caused the brains fall out from out his head. He perished on the spot.

Later, army personal took his corpse to the village and told his relatives to hush the entire affair.

One source said the Tatmadaw had paid 2million kyats to family members and threatened them with death if they disclose the affair.

Incidentally slave labour, commonly known as forced labour is a practice where army or paramilitary force Rohingyas to do hard labour for them without any payment.

Some other villagers from the area have in the meantime agreed to serve the Tatmadaw as porters without any payment.

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March 29, 2017

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Maungdaw- Bulldozers have begun to flatten destroyed houses in the Wabeik hamlet in the Kawa Bil village tract of Maungdaw North.

The arrival of bulldozers at a sensitive time have given the impression the Tatmadaw is looking to destroy evidence before the arrival of international observers.

Kawa Bil was burned down by the Tatmadaw in mid October, shortly after the start of clearance operations. Dozens were killed and many more were raped in the village tract.

A walk through the now destroyed village tract makes it very clear that the Tatmadaw fired indiscriminately on civilian targets, not distinguishing between men, women and children. The hamlet of Wabeik was the worst hit in the violence.

Some sources have also said the destruction of the remnants of the houses will mean they will never be able to return to their abode. Many who had fled to Bangladesh in the aftermath of the violence had harboured the hopes of returning once the operations ended, but the bull dozing of houses will mean that is impossible.

There is also speculation that the bulldozers will move to Kya Ri Prang soon, another village that was destroyed.

March 27, 2017

military 2016Buthidaung- Tatmadaw forces raided Ta Mi in Buthidaung on Thursday causing locals to flee the area.

One man was however caught while he was fleeing. Ali Johar was accused of being in league with Muslim rebels and severely beaten up.

He later negotiated his release with the payment of 325,000 kyats. 

 

March 27, 2017

Maungdaw- Tatmadaw forces suddenly entered Taimbru, and launched a house to house raid, causing terror among locals.

The forces entered the northern Maungdaw village tract at around 6am on Sunday and said they were searching for terrorists who had supposedly taken shelter in the neighbourhood of Quail Shi Meji. They however went away without making any arrests.

Locals however fear it is only a matter of time before the Tatmadaw acts on such accusations to commit mass atrocities against the populace of the village.  army agai

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