Concentration Camps and Systematic Rape - Rohingya Under Persecution

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Reported from Maung Ni Village this morning by (Anonymous), a victim who escaped the terrible incident by a close shave.

A joint group of Police, Lun-Htin (Security Forces), Sa-Ra-Pha (State Affairs Security) and local Rakhine thugs raided Maung Ni Village of Maung Daw, Arakan, Burma this morning during dawn raids whilst many were still sleeping. Arriving to the Rohingya majority village armed with weapons, almost every man from the village was rounded up and hurled onto four large trucks. Many resisted, unwilling to leave behind their wives and children and as such received heavy beatings by the local thugs and armed militia. A local man said ‘blood was dripping like rain all along the way from the trucks on which Rohingya men were taken away.’ The men have been taken to an unknown location and this is not the first such occasion of reports of men being taken away to concentration camps. According to the people in Arakan, the authorities have plans to do more such barbaric killings in other villages too.

In a separate incident, it was reported that 4 young women were taken away from their families by Rakhine thugs with their hair being shaved and virginity taken away by gang rape.  This report still remains unverified, but we are receiving such news almost every few hours and the mere fact that it has been reported so often suggests that this is a problem which is endemic in Arakan right now.

A state of emergency still remains in place and whilst a meeting was planned between the premieres of Bangladesh and Burma next week, President Thein Sein has cancelled this until August. 25 men women and children have also been detained this afternoon in Teknaf by Bangladesh Border Security who were trying to flee increasing persecution. With all NGO staff and international observers out of Arakan now, it seems that the Rohingya are facing increasing violence with decreasing reports coming out to the international community.

We are asking the British Government to raise this issue with Burma or end economic ties with the country which continues its flagrant abuse of human rights and continues its programme of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya. Please help us and share the petition with your contacts.

Comments

Koyrun Nahar

How can this still exist? The word concentration camps still brings shivers and dark clouds due to it historical origins. In a generation were we have the UN and international law protecting human rights, we need to ask our selves a serious question, are we going to sit and watch others die?

04 July 2012 delete
Eirteqa Sultan

Astagfirullah where are all these so called human rights NGO? 25th august so thru UN amongst other international counters are just going to sit there and watch the concentration camps continue being used and this genocide still continue?? How do people sleep at night knowing thy can help make a stop to this but yet they just want to wtch this show????

05 July 2012 delete
Sana Abbasi

Oh we'll just postpone our meeting and live our luxurious lives whilst the rohingya continue to be raped and murdered.. These killings can't be postponed - they are in need of immediate action and nothing is being done about it!!!! Why are these govt's failing to recognise the inhumane ordeal the rohingya are facing. This is why we must continue to champion the plight of the rohingya community!! Please I urge everyone to sign the petition, the leaders won't step up but YOU can do your bit by signing the petition. 

05 July 2012 delete
Asaf Mohammad

I have signed the petition. Thank you. If you have additional ideas please share and also comment on some ideas I have written on http://burmastillbleeds.blogspot.com/

14 July 2012 delete