UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Mr Tomas Ojea Quintana will be visiting Burma from today for four days. Quintana will visit Arakan for one day as described in the recent statement of Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
The military personnel are placed everywhere in Maungdaw Township. Rohingya people can move freely now wherever army personnel are posted. The military is selling rice for Rohingya with high price. Rice-sack porters also are happy for earning something. But some policemen who sheltered beside the clock tower are looting money from the people and collecting toll on every rice-sack. The Rakhines are gathering at refugee centers in Maungdaw as they are victims of the riot and are further victimized the Rohingya by not giving access to foods and medicines by the authority
The ancient mosque nearby Sittwe airport is under renovation by the local municipality as to show up that the government is taking care of the damages. The lands of destructed houses and mosques have been bulldozed. The situation of Rohingya refugee camps in Sittwe is still unchanged. People are dying by starvation and lack of medical treatments.
Malaysian government offered aids for displaced people but Burma’s foreign minister Wunna Maung Lwin rejected it. Human Rights expert Mr Ansar Burney was rejected the entry visa to Burma. Turkish Red Crescent is waiting for the response of Thein Sein government to assist the Rohingya people. Iran government is urging the UN to send peacekeeping forces to Arakan. Independent media access is still controlled.
Amnesty International and many Human Rights Organizations issued the statements that there are arbitrary arrests, mass killings and security forces are targeting Rohingya people. The security forces raid every night the villages in Maungdaw to arrest Rohingya men. The Rohingya women were raped in absence of men as almost men were not sleeping at home for the fear of arrest.
According to reliable source a monk confirmed that about 60 Rohingya youths were kept at Buddhist monastery in Maungdaw and each time 3 to 4 were taken away for execution. Recently Burmese Rohingya Organization (UK) confirmed that 43 dead bodies of Rohingya Muslims were buried in a mass grave near the jail’s fence in Buthidaung jail on July 24. More than 500 Rohingya youths and educated arrested from Maungdaw and Buthidaung Townships. The confirmed news posted on Rohingya Blogger that 178 Rohingya were arrested from Rathedaung Township and took them to Sittwe jail but only 172 appeared at Sittwe court and no account or news about the remaining six arrestees.
The campaign to drive out Rohingya from the country is still going on. The Buddhist monks are fueling the campaign. Even two Indian workers work for ESSAR oil Company were brutally beaten up by Rakhine people in Sittwe. The government’s attitude towards on Rohingya people is unmoved. The demonstrations by anti-Rohingya activists on support to the President Thein Sein’s suggestion to UNHCR held abroad and organizing to seize inside the country. The religious abuses over the social medias is going on .The rumors spreading by bias media is continuing.
Violating human rights beside the unrecognizing citizens is likewise keeping the people at silent killing field. Many people are living in open area without any shelter but sometime they were brought to designated places and taken pictures to show up that they were in safe places. As described in the news report of Rathedaung Township which is in Burmese version, the villagers were taken to the places where the hand-made weapons are keeping and the pictures made with those weapons to define them as the culprits of the violence.
Mr Tomas Quintana visited Burma many times in the past by prior notice to the regime as each time need to obtain the entry visa. He or anyone is incapable to make surprise visit. The political prisoners enjoyed the comfortable stay in the bars whenever he visits to the bars. As many human rights and other organizations are observing and always visiting although the regime doesn’t like them but allowing them to keep good relation with international community. The regime knows how to fabricate and what to do before the delegation arrive. Therefore the situation in Arakan is little bit calm down just within these days but it will be back to original position once Mr Quintana leaves from Burma.
Of course Mr Quintana will visit the villages in Arakan to see the situation but I don’t think the vulnerable Rohingya people will dare to speak to him. If anyone who speaks the truth will be tortured upon leaving of Mr Quintana. It is a worry that the government will make some Rohingya as their puppets and let them meets with Mr Quintana and will hide the reality and cover up their crimes against Rohingyas.
Nay San Lwin