April 7, 2017

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Maungdaw- Hlun Htein entered Shab Bazar in northern Maungdaw and assaulted a villager. They also threatened to arrest 30 more men from the area whom they said were involved in suspicious activities.

On Wednesday, around 50 personal surrounded the neighbourhood of Ke Ke Ya from all sides. They entered all the houses and checked their names against the family list. At this point, they arrested a man named Abdu Shukkur for no apparent reason. He was taken to the camp and brutally beaten up.

Shukkur was rushed to the hospital but has since been released. Local sources however say his condition remains critical.

 On Thursday, the Hlun Htein went back to the village and said they have a list of 30 people involved in suspicious activities. The list included school students and other educated people.

A tense atmosphere is prevailing in the area. 

April 7, 2017

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Maungdaw- Hlun Htein personal arrested one man and fined another on trumped up charges of possessing illegal Bangladeshi phones in the restive village tract of Bura Shidha Para on Wednesday.

The arrested man has been identified as Sayedul Amin. He was assaulted before his arrest, and there is confusion regarding his current whereabouts with family members fearing he has been tortured.

Another villager, Noor Kabir was forced to pay 300,000 kyats for allegedly possessing a mobile phone.  

The Hlun Htein men entered the village for ‘investigating’ rape allegations filed by local women against Tatmadaw personal.

The complaints from the Bura Shidha Para women are only one of the two cases where Rohingyas have been allowed to file rape charges against the Tatmadaw.

It is estimated much of the female populace in some of the village tracts in Maungdaw North were sexually harassed during the Tatmadaw led clearance operation.

The government has formed investigation commissions which have promised to deliver justice, but independent analysts have questioned their motives.

Last week, the Maungdaw District Administrator reaffirmed the government’s commitment to punish rapists, a sentiment echoed by Aung Saan Suu Kyi. However as the event demonstrates, it is difficult to expect justice when the forces involved in crimes against the Muslim community are delegated the responsibility of righting the wrong. 

April 6, 2017

Akyab- A fisherman was brutally assaulted by a Buddhist nationalist gang in Sangra Bil, Kyauktaw.

On Sunday, Mohammed Nazum was fishing near the Painzuma canal when he was met by a gang led by Buddhist monk Hla Maiung Sa from the neighbouring village. The monk told him that last year they had killed 12 Muslims but no action has been taken against them as they fell upon the fisherman.

At one stage of the assault, Nazum managed to escape his attackers and ran away to his village.   

Rohingya villagers in the southern townships including Kyauktaw, Mamra, Pathor Keela and Akyab have been surviving in a state of blockade since the riots of 2012. Activists allege this is a systematic effort to keep the Rohingyas away from the woods and waterways from where they can earn a living, thus create starvation and force the beleaguered community to move out of the area.

A tense atmosphere is currently prevailing in Sangra Bil as locals wonder how they can continue to earn a livelihood with the Buddhist nationalist gangs roaming around freely around their settlements.


April 5, 2017

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Buthidaung- A tensed atmosphere is prevailing in the Let We Dat area of Buthidaung North after Tatmadaw personal demolished an old mosque in the area.

Tatmadaw men went to the Boktoli Bazar neighbourhood on Tuesday to destroy the mosque.

Earlier Tatmadaw officials had ordered local Rohingyas to demolish the mosque but they had ignored the directive.

The mosque was built in the colonial era. However, the authorities say the mosque does not have proper permission, though its existence predates the independence of modern Myanmar.

Last year, state authorities declared thousands of houses and mosques built by the Muslims will be demolished as they did not have ‘proper government authorisation’. 

April 5, 2017


Maungdaw- Unidentified assailants killed a pro government man in May Rulla, Maungdaw South.

At around 1.30 am on Monday, Anwar was found dead some distance away from his neighbourhood. It is assumed that he was kidnapped from somewhere outside his home in the late hours.  

Local sources say Anwar was heavily involved in the oppression of innocent Rohingya villagers with the backing of security forces.

April 4, 2017

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Buthidaung- A village leader was murdered under mysterious circumstances leading to increased tensions in the restive village tract of Ta Mi.

Hamid Ullah, assistant administrator of Ta Mi was killed by unknown miscreants at around 1am on Saturday.

Since then soldiers have once again flooded the area causing increased tensions.

Ta Mi has experienced continuous raids since January with many arrested and tortured while scores including women were indiscriminately beaten up by security forces.

It is reported that the deceased man was also one of those who was beaten up by the military during a raid in January.

However, locals fear the mysterious death will be used as an excuse to further crackdown on civilians.

Reports are already appearing in Myanmar media that Hamid had told the media that he was concerned for his safety after providing Maungdaw District administrators with information about militant training camps in the area. Hamid was speaking to journalists on a tour organised by the Ministry of Information. 

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. 

April 4, 2017

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Maungdaw- Two men arrested from Ludaing are in critical condition following brutal torture in the Thanashuk.

Md Hossain (s/o Sayeed Ullah) and Md Idris (s/o Md Hashim) are in a near death state and might die anytime, according to sources in Maungdaw town.

One source however said the two men have already died on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the situation of the nine other detainees are also worrisome as they continue to be subjected to unbearable torture.

Custodial torture of Rohingya men are common with hundreds dead and many more maimed since 2012. Thousands of Rohingya men arrested in recent years have been subjected to merciless torture.

Some men who were arrested during the clearance operation had their eyes gouged out in the Thanashuk.

Incidentally Ludaing was raided on Saturday, and almost a hundred detained. These 11 men were then taken away by the joint forces.

Ludaing was one of the villages that was continuously attacked from October to December last year with dozens killed and many raped.

Much of the population had already fled to Bangladesh. 

April 1, 2017


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.

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. 

April 4, 2017

Buthidaung- Few villagers are reported to have been arrested from Shabb Bazar in northern Buthidaung.

At around 1am on Monday, joint forces comprising of Tatmadaw and Hlun Htein personal surrounded the village tract. They later went into the village and detained some villagers.

The arrested men were taken by two boats to the station in Taung Bazaar.

The charges are not known. prison

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 29, 2017


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. 



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