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The Rohingya Chronicle Vol.4 No.5

The Rohingya Chronicle Vol.4 No.5

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COORDINATEDANTI-MUSLIMRIOT
MassacreinSouthernArakan:SituationisFluidinSeveralCities
Theinternationalcommunitymustinterveneimmediately,andprovideprotectiontovictimsofhateinBurma
Yangon(Rangoon).
Alongdistancetransportationvehiclenamed“YomaThitsar”thatprovidespassengertransportationservicesbetweenThandwe,insouthernArakan,andYangon(Yangon)wasreportedlyraidedbyanarmedethnicRakhinegangheadingamobofapproximately300Rakhinemenandwomen,andbrutallymurdered10MyanmarMuslimpassengersatTaunggup,includingawomanroadtrip-managerandherassistant,bothMuslims.ThevictimswerepilgrimswhowerereportedlyreturningtoRangoonaftertheirDawa(Jamat)spiritualserviceattheThandweThitsarMasjidinThandweinsouthernArakanState.ThevictimswereallMyanmarMuslimsandtheyincludesixfromTaungtwinGyi,twofromMyaungmya,twofromThandwe,andawomantrip-managerandherassistantfromthetransportationcompany.AprominentMuslimattorneyfromThandwewasalsooneofthevictims.Theidentityofthevictimsreleasedbytheofficialswere:
BurmeseNameMuslimNameAgeNRCIDNumber
UNePweMd.Sharif588/TaKaTa(N)095548UMaungNiMd.Hanif658/TaKaTa(N)095530UAyeLwinShafield528/TaKaTa(N)093573UAungMyintAslam508/TaKaTa(N)094557UTayzarMyintBalai288/TaKaTa(N)189815UTinMgHtweShuaib218/TaKaTa(N)231084UAgBoBoKyawSaleem2614/MaLaNa(N)231084UZawNyiNyiHtutLukkman3314/MaLaNa(N)148133
WEAPOLOGIZEIFTHEPHOTOSARETOOGRAPHICFORSOMEREADERS
Thegruesomemurders:BodiesofthemassacredBurmeseMuslimpilgrimsinTaunggup,ArakanState,Burma.(Photosource:KMY/Ourcorrespondent)
 Anaddendum
 postedbytheBurmeseMinistryofInformation.TheMinistryreleasedthecorrectionafterthegraphicphotosofthemassacrewentviral.
THEGRAPHICIMAGESONTHENEXTPAGEAREINTENTIONALLYBLURRED.PLEASEUSEYOUROWNDISCRETIONTOVIEWTHEIMAGES”
Reporting Political and Human Rights Issues Facing Rohingya in Burma (Myanmar)
 A Monthly Publication of the Burmese Rohingya Association of North America
Editor: Dr. Wakar Uddin Associate Editor: Nay San Oo
 
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May31
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MutilatedanddismemberedbodiesoftheMyanmarMuslimpassengersduringthemassacre.(Photosource:KMY/Ourcorrespondent)
Theoriginalphotosmaybeaccessedat:
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http://www.bra-na.org/2012/06/planned-massacre-and-early-indication.html
Furtherinquirytothismassacrerevealedsomegraphicdetailsofthemassacre:AnunusuallylargemobofethnicRakhine(estimatednearly300),convergedafterthebuswasstoppedbyanarmedgangofRakhinemenneartheLaWaKagateinthesouthernArakancityofTaungGoke,whichisheavilypopulatedbyethnicRakhine.Thearmedgangreportedlyshouted“ArethereKalainthebus?Comeout,wewillkillyouall”whileyieldingtheirmachetes,swords,andspears(Kala
isaderogatoryracialslurusedforpeopleofSouthAsianorMiddleEasternappearanceinBurma).Thewomantrip-managerdescendedfromthebusandbeggedthearmedmobtosparetheirlivesandletthemgo.Themanagerwaspushedasidebythearmedgangandsteppedintothebus,andimmediatelyshouted“HereareKala,hereareKala”.SubsequentlyseveralarmedmenstormedthebusanddraggedtheMuslimoutofthebus.ThemobattackedtheMuslimpassengerswiththeirmachetesandswordsastheywerebeingdraggedoutofthebus.AlltheeightMuslimpilgrimswerekilledonthespot.Asthebodieslienearthesideofthebus,themobsuddenlyturnedtowardtheshakenassistantofthetrip-managerandshouted“Aren’tyoualsoKala?”Themobattackedhim,killinghimonthespot.Accordingtoseveraleyewitnesses,themobthenturnedtowardthefemaletrip-managerandshouted“Aren’tyoualsoKala?Comewithus”.Astheytriedtograbher,sheapparentlyrantowardtherearofthebus,butdidnomakeitfar.Theygrabbedher,pullingherhairwhiledragginghertowardthecrowd,andthemobknockedhertotheground.Theyrippedherclothesoffbypullingfromeverydirectiontoabarebody,andthenagroupofRakhinewomensurroundedher,andstartedbeatingheronthehead,waist,armsandlegswithsticks.SomeRakhinemenpushedwoodenstickstotheprivatepartsofthevictim’sbody,andpushedherbreastswithsticks.Finally,onepersonpressedherthroatfromoutsidecausingthevictimtobleedfromhermouththatresultedinherdeathofthewoman.Thevehiclewasthendestroyedbythemobbysettingitonfire.FiveMuslimpassengerswerereportedlyabletoescapeduringthechaos.Theill-fatedbus,operatedbyaMuslimtransportationcompany,wasreportedlypassingthroughTaunggupwhenitwasattacked.Thehorrorreportedlydidnotstopthere.Themostlydismemberedandmutilatedbodiesofthe10victimswerereportedlypiledbythemobnearbyNyaZay(PMmarket),andalltheRakhinemenandwomeninvolvedinthismurderwerereportedlydrinkinganddancing.Somemenwerealsospittingandurinatingonthedeadbodies,accordingtoeyewitnesses.“Wecouldn’tbelievewhatwesaw”ashakenwitnesstoldourcorrespondentonthephone.ThemassacreisreportedlydevisedbyradicalRakhineextremiststhroughspreadingrumorsofarapecaseallegingaMuslimboy,whichisacommontoolusedbyradicalelementsinstirringupcommunalriotsordestructionofmosquesinBurma.
Thismassacreisbeyondone’scomprehensioninthisdayandage.Regardlessofrace,religion,andethnicity,thehumanityinArakanatthebrinkofatotalcollapse,anditcanbesavedonlytheinternational
 
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communitythroughimmediateinterventionandfullcooperationbythenewBurmesegovernmentwithtransparency.ThesituationisfluidandthespreadofthiscoordinatedmassacreofMyanmarMuslimstoRohingyaareasmustbestoppedimmediately.TheUnitedNationsHumanRightsCommission,thegovernmentofUnitedStates,theEuropeanUnion,theOrganizationofIslamicCooperation,theleadersofallpeace-lovingnations,thehumanrightadvocacygroupsworldwide,andallthereligiousfaithmustholdthegovernmentofMyanmarresponsibleforthistragiclossofinnocentlives.Theinternationalcommunitymustnotletthegovernmentofficialsgetawaybydownplayingthisorganizedmurderassomekindofaccident.ExpressionofonlyregretsbytheBurmesegovernmentwillbefarfrom“adequate”.
Source:Ourcorrespondents/TheRohingyablogger
INTERNATIONALLABORCONFERENCE 
Forcedlaborstillprevails:AnoverviewofforcedlaborpracticesinNorthArakan,Burma
TheArakanProjectreportsonRohingyaforcedlabor
Geneva.
TheArakanProjecthassubmitteditsreportonforcelaborinNorthernArakan(Rakhine)inBurmatotheInternationalTradeUnionConfederation(ITUC)forconsiderationattheInternationalLaborConference2012.Thehighlightsofthereportsareasfollows:Thedetailsofthereportmaybeacessedat:
http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs13/AP-Forced_Labour_prevails.pdf 
Forcedlabortrendsandpatterns
TheArankanProjectReportedthatforcedlaborcontinuesonalargescaleinNorthArakan(Rakhine)State,thehomeofthepredominantlyRohingyaethnicpopulation.Duetoonsetofthisdryseason(priortothearrivalofmonsoonrain),forcedlaborexactionshavereportedlydecreasedinsomeareas,inthevicinityofMaungdawTownship.InButhidaungTownshiphowever,forcedlabor,exactedmostlybytheArmy,continuedasthesametrendasinpreviousyears,butincreasedinsomeareas.
Increaseinarbitrarytaxesandfines
InMaungdawTownship,thearbitrarytaxesandfines,includingarrestanddetentionforthepurposeofextortion,havereportedlyincreased.Villagersare
EducationisbeyondthereachforaverageRohingyachildren.(Photosource:TheArakanProject)
increasinglytargetedwithallegationsofdrugpeddling,extra-maritalaffairs,unauthorizedmarriages,illegalborder-crossingtoBangladesh,unauthorizedhouseextension,unlawfulconstructiononlandregisteredaspaddyfields,illicitpossessionofamobilephone,involvementinhumansmuggling,orsubjecttoextortionwhenreceivingremittancesfromrelativesabroad.Inmanycases,suchallegationsresultinarrestandarbitrarydetentionwithoutanylegalprocessforthesolepurposeofimposingaransomforrelease.
PrevailingpracticesofforcedlaborinNorthArakan
TheArakanProjectclearlyoutlinedtheprevailingforcedlaborpracticesinitsreport.InMaungdawTownship,theNaSaKahasreportedlyestablishedcampsandoutpostsallalongtheborderwithBangladeshandisthemainuserofforcedlaborwhereasinButhidaungTownshiptheArmyisperpetrator.InNorthArakan,asopposedtotherestofthecountry,forcedlaborisexactedonadiscriminatoryfashionasitisonlyimposedontheRohingyapopulationwhileothercommunitiesareexempt.
Roadconstruction/rehabilitation
InfrastructureconstructionreportedlyhaddecreasedforcedlaborinCentralandNorthMaungdawasGarrisonEngineers(GE)tookoverthedirectimplementationoftheprojects.InotherareasGEcontinuestosubcontractcertainworktotheNaSaKa.VillagersfromInnDinandKyaukPanDawclaimedthat,duringthedryseason,theyconstantlyreceivedorders

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