Rohingyas describe army atrocities to Myanmar team

20 Mar 2017, 21:55

NTV Online

The 10-member delegation of the Myanmar government, which arrived here on Sunday to see for themselves the conditions of Rohingyas, visited two more Rohingya camps on Monday.

The team, led by Myanmar Investigation Commission Secretary U Zaw Myint Pe, went to Balukhali Rohingya camp in Ukhiya and Leda camp in Teknaf, and listened to the Myanmar nationals who intruded into Bangladesh being tortured by its military.

Some 35 male and female Rohingyas narrated the brutalities, which they underwent in Rakhine state to the delegation from behind a curtain, reports UNB.

Representatives of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) acted as coordinators of the meetings.

Abul Fayez, chairman of Poyengshu area of Myanmar who took shelter in the unregistered Balukhali camp, said, ‘What happened in the Rakhine state before our eyes is heinous. The brutalities of the Myanmar army can in no way be accepted. I’ve narrated the brutalities to the delegation.’

Describing the army atrocities, he said a team of over 300 army men surrounded their locality and raided every house and their divided their male and female inmates.

Later, they took the comparatively beautiful women to empty houses and violated them in turns, he said. ‘Three of the rape victims died on the spot,’ he said, adding that a rape victim also described the brutality to the visiting delegation.

Several female Rohingyas who were tortured by the Myanmar army said they want to return to their country if they get assurance of security.

Earlier, the Myanmar delegation visited Kutupalong Rohingya Camp in Ukhia on Sunday.

The Myanmar government had to face a wave of criticism following massive torture and repression on Rohingya nationals by the Myanmar Army in October and November last year.

The Army conducted the operation in Bordering Muslim dominated Arakan State after attacks on some army camps by the armed groups.

According to International Migrant Organisation, at least 70,000 fresh Rohingya Muslims entered Bangladesh at that time.