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Myanmar Army Reported Pressuring Rohingya Villagers Not to Meet With UN Delegation

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RB News 
November 2, 2016

Maungdaw, Arakan – A delegation consisting of United Nations officials and diplomats based in Yangon will be in Maungdaw today or the following day on a fact finding mission regarding the current situation in northern Rakhine State. Local authorities have been reported pressuring Rohingya in the area not to meet with or talk to the delegation. 

Since last night, Novemeber 1st, 2016, the authorities have entered the villages of Kyet Yoe Pyin village tract, Nga Sar Kyu village tract and its hamlet Pyaung Pyaik and U Shey Kya village tract, where they reportedly pressured Rohingya villagers not to meet with the diplomats and UN delegation. The area they are visiting is the location of a brutal crackdown by the army that begin after three border guard posts were overrun by militants on October 9th. 

Moreover, about 100 security forces and military came to Pyaung Pyaik hamlet and forced villagers to flee from the village. All the villagers are now taking refuge in Sabai Gone and Dudan villages. Some of them had passed their night in a field where the weather was very cold. Now no one is left in Pyaung Pyaik hamlet except for the soldiers and Border Guard Police. 

Security is very tight at Wa Baik hamlet. 

A human rights watchdog group in Maungdaw said they were cocerned that no one is left in Pyaung Pyaik at the moment. They stated they thought the authorities might put some Hindu people into the houses and village to pretend as if they are Rohingya villagers to meet the delegation. The villagers from Pyaung Pyaik suffered seriously and were treated brutally by the Myanmar authorities, and wish to explain what happened to the delegation. 

Since the attacks on October 9th more than 100 Rohingyas have been killed, including a 2 hour old baby and elderly people. Many Rohingya women have stated that they were gang raped by soldiers, including a ten year old girl, during the Myanmar army’s clearance operation. More than 1000 houses and 200 shops have been burnt down, and an estimated 10,000 people are now homeless and in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

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