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Where is the Outcry for the brutality of Myanmar Govt to the Rohingya?

Devastating cruelty against Rohingya children, women and men detailed in UN human rights report
Rohingye people, a Muslim population, living in Rakhine State on the northwest coast of Burma have been restricted to their villages and placed in Internally Displaced Peoples (IDP) camps by the Burmese government. They have been the victims of persecution and communal violence by numbers of the Buddhist majority in Rakhine. International NGO's such as MSF have been expelled by the government, leading to a soaring crisis in health care. Brick kilns operated by Rohingya IDP's. Workers are IDP's. Adults are paid 2,000 kyat per day for about 10m hours of work. Children are paid 1,000 kyat per day. Children in photos are from age 6 to 8 and the oldest is 14. Thek Kay Pyin, 7, an IDP. His father is So Zokorice (small man in white tank top). He was falsely accused of murder and spent 1and 1/2 years in Sittwe Jail, beaten continuously for 8 months before being released without charges against him. Funeral of Ziada Begum, 30, who died of stomach diseasee. Left behind 5 children with no husband. Sham Shi Dar Begum, 18. TB and AIDS. Father died from AIDS. MOther Noor Johan, 50. Has seven daughters, all living in two small rooms in camp. Photograph by James Nachtwey.

Rohingye people, a Muslim population, living in Rakhine State on the northwest coast of Burma have been restricted to their villages and placed in Internally Displaced Peoples (IDP) camps by the Burmese government. They have been the victims of persecution and communal violence by numbers of the Buddhist majority in Rakhine. International NGO’s such as MSF have been expelled by the government, leading to a soaring crisis in health care.






GENEVA (3 February 2017) – Mass gang-rape, killings – including of babies and young children, brutal beatings, disappearances and other serious human rights violations by Myanmar’s security forces in a sealed-off area north of Maungdaw in northern Rakhine State have been detailed in a new UN report issued Friday based on interviews with victims across the border in Bangladesh.

Of the 204 people individually interviewed by a team of UN human rights investigators, the vast majority reported witnessing killings, and almost half reported having a family member who was killed as well as family members who were missing. Of the 101 women interviewed, more than half reported having suffered rape or other forms of sexual violence.

Especially revolting were the accounts of children – including an eight-month old, a five-year-old and a six-year-old – who were slaughtered with knives. One mother recounted how her five-year-old daughter was trying to protect her from rape when a man “took out a long knife and killed her by slitting her throat.” In another case, an eight-month-old baby was reportedly killed while his mother was gang-raped by five security officers.

“The devastating cruelty to which these Rohingya children have been subjected is unbearable – what kind of hatred could make a man stab a baby crying out for his mother’s milk. And for the mother to witness this murder while she is being gang-raped by the very security forces who should be protecting her – what kind of ‘clearance operation’ is this? What national security goals could possibly be served by this?” High Commissioner Zeid said, noting the report suggests the recent level of violence to be unprecedented.

“I call on the international community, with all its strength, to join me in urging the leadership in Myanmar to bring such military operations to an end. The gravity and scale of these allegations begs the robust reaction of the international community.”

After the repeated failure of the Government of Myanmar to grant the UN Human Rights Office unfettered access to the worst-affected areas of northern Rakhine State, High Commissioner Zeid deployed a team of human rights officers to the Bangladeshi border with Myanmar, where an estimated 66,000 Rohingya have fled since 9 October 2016.

All the individuals interviewed by the team had fled Myanmar after the 9 October attacks against three border guard posts, which had prompted intense military operations and a lockdown in north Maungdaw. The military indicated that it was conducting “area clearance operations” in the region.

The report cites consistent testimony indicating that hundreds of Rohingya houses, schools, markets, shops, madrasas and mosques were burned by the army, police and sometimes civilian mobs. Witnesses also described the destruction of food and food sources, including paddy fields, and the confiscation of livestock.

“Numerous testimonies collected from people from different village tracts…confirmed that the army deliberately set fire to houses with families inside, and in other cases pushed Rohingyas into already burning houses,” the report states. “Testimonies were collected of several cases where the army or Rakhine villagers locked an entire family, including elderly and disabled people, inside a house and set it on fire, killing them all.”

Several people were killed in indiscriminate and random shooting, many while fleeing for safety. Those who suffered serious physical injuries had almost no access to emergency medical care, and many of the people interviewed remained visibly traumatized by the human rights violations they survived or witnessed. People who did not know the fate of loved ones who had been rounded up by the army or separated while fleeing were particularly distressed.

Many witnesses and victims also described being taunted while they were being beaten, raped or rounded up, such as being told “you are Bangladeshis and you should go back” or “What can your Allah do for you? See what we can do?” The violence since 9 October follows a long-standing pattern of violations and abuses; systematic and systemic discrimination; and policies of exclusion and marginalization against the Rohingya that have been in place for decades in northern Rakhine State, the report notes.*

Reports suggest that operations by security forces in the area have continued into January 2017, although their intensity and frequency may have reduced.

“The killing of people as they prayed, fished to feed their families or slept in their homes, the brutal beating of children as young as two and an elderly woman aged 80 – the perpetrators of these violations, and those who ordered them, must be held accountable,” High Commissioner Zeid said. “The Government of Myanmar must immediately halt these grave human rights violations against its own people, instead of continuing to deny they have occurred, and accepts the responsibility to ensure that victims have access to justice, reparations and safety.”

The report concludes that the widespread violations against the Rohingya population indicate the very likely commission of crimes against humanity.


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* See also the June 2016 report by the UN Human Rights Office on the situation of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar:  . The report was mandated by the UN Human Rights Council.

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“Some of the children had been hit with blunt objects on their head, one little girl was mutilated and some women were raped before being killed,” he said.

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Assad’s regime brutal tortured didn’t break this 15 years old child, he die for his country and freedom!

Inside a filthy detention center in Damascus, eight or nine interrogators repeatedly bludgeoned a skinny teenager whose hands were bound and who bore a bullet wound on the left side of his chest. They struck his head, back, feet and genitals until he was left on the floor of a cell, bleeding from his ears and crying out for his mother and father to help him.

Tamer’s refusal apparently was the final straw for the interrogators.

“Guards broke his right wrist, beating him with clubs on his hands, which were tied behind his back,” al-Jahamani told The Associated Press after his release from detention, referring to the beatings as torture.

“They also beat him on the face, head, back, feet and genitals until he bled from the nose, mouth and ears and fell unconscious,” he recalled.

“He pleaded for mercy and yelled: ‘Mom, dad, come rescue me!'” al-Jahamani said. “He was lying like a dog on the floor in his underwear, with blood covering his body. But his interrogators had no compassion that they were savagely beating a boy,” al-Jahamani added, his voice breaking with emotion.

Tamer and al-Jahamani were two of thousands of Syrians caught up in mass arrests of those suspected of opposing Assad during an uprising that began in March.

Al-Jahamani witnessed the beating from a corridor lined with cells while he was waiting for two hours for the prison guards to take him to his cell. He said the corridor reeked from the stench of blood and dirty toilets and the cell beds were covered in dirty sheets.

At the lockup run by Syria’s Air Force Intelligence, security forces kept Tamer bound and nearly naked, his body covered in blood and bruises, while interrogators broke his forearm and teeth.

At one point, a doctor was brought in to revive him, al-Jahamani said.

“He gave him an injection and they started beating him again,” concentrating on his feet and genitals, and the boy started bleeding from his ears, al-Jahamani said.

The next day, the teenager’s screams abruptly stopped and al-Jahamani said he never heard a sound from him again.

Al-Jahamani, 23, told the AP he was held in the same Damascus detention center as Tamer in May and saw and heard the boy being beaten over two days.

On the first day, al-Jahamani saw a bruised Tamer face down on the floor of the corridor. Later that day, they were placed in different cells near each other on that same corridor, and al-Jahamani could hear Tamer’s screams.

The story of Tamer’s death while in detention offers a rare, first-hand account of the beatings of young detainees during the nearly 4-month-old uprising. Tamer’s case, along with another youth whose body bore signs of brutality, have galvanized thousands of protesters in the face of a brutal crackdown that has killed more than 1,400.

Al-Jahamani spoke to AP reporters by telephone and in person over two days of interviews. He asked that his precise location, somewhere along the Syrian-Jordanian border, not be revealed out of fear of retribution by Syrian secret police.

He said he fled Syria after authorities released him May 31. He spent nearly a month in detention. He showed the AP a copy of his release paper, signed and stamped by Syrian authorities after they failed to find evidence linking him to charges of incitement.

Syria has banned nearly all foreign media and restricted media coverage, making it impossible to verify events independently. But since the early days of the uprising, al-Jahamani has provided reliable witness accounts to the AP that have been confirmed by multiple sources.

Tamer’s death became known in June, when blurry cellphone videos showed the teen’s bruised and bullet-pocked body, missing most of his teeth, in a wooden coffin. In one clip, a woman cries out: “This is my son! I swear this is my son!”

Al-Jahamani said he saw the video after his release and instantly recognized the dead youth as the teen from the detention center. He had heard interrogators call him “Tamer.”

The videos have come to symbolize the brutality of a crackdown that does not even spare children, with at least 72 of them killed in the uprising, according to the Local Coordination Committees, a group that documents protests.

The account of Tamer’s beating and death could bolster calls by human rights groups that Syrian forces should be investigated for possible crimes against humanity. This week, London-based Amnesty International urged the U.N. Security Council to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court for such an investigation.

“We’d like to see peaceful demonstrators allowed, and we’d like to see a real dialogue begin,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said this week. “We want to see political prisoners released. We want to see repression and torture ending in Syrian jails.”

Tamer and another youth, Hamza al-Khatib, 13, both from the southern village of Jiza in Daraa province, disappeared April 29. The province is where the uprising began after security forces arrested high school students who scrawled anti-regime graffiti on a wall.

Hamza was arrested at a demonstration and not seen again until his mutilated body, with his penis severed, was delivered to his family weeks later. He, too, has become a symbol of the revolt against Assad, driving thousands of protesters into the streets.

The deaths of Tamer and Hamza in particular enraged Syrians who have lived under a brutal dictatorship led by the Assad family dynasty for more than four decades. The protests have grown larger and drawn a broader cross section of society every week.

“I will return home to a free Syria, free of the tyrant Bashar Assad and his corrupt clique,” he said.

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Al-Jahamani said he was walking in Daraa on May 3 with his friend, Firas Nassar, when security forces asked them to stop. Nassar ran and was shot to death instantly by a plainclothes policeman.

“I was traumatized seeing my friend getting shot dead in front of my eyes,” he said. “He didn’t do anything to be killed.”

Al-Jahamani said he wasn’t afraid, but he was angry about the death of his friend.

“I had to remain quiet because they may have killed me if I did or said anything,” he said.

Al-Jahamani decided not to run.

Security agents handcuffed him, covered his eyes and pushed him into a car where he was driven for more than an hour. He later found out he was being held at the Air Force Intelligence detention center in Damascus.

He said he also was beaten with clubs and kicked by interrogators, leaving marks on his thigh long after his release. It was there that he witnessed Tamer’s beating.

“What mistake had he committed?” al-Jahamani asked. “He wanted freedom, he wanted to be like his peers elsewhere, enjoying life, going out without looking over his shoulder.”

He said he was arrested at least three times since protests swept Syria in March.

“I was arrested twice in March, once in April, and the one during which I witnessed the torture in May,” al-Jahamani said. “They were after me because I was active on Facebook and the Internet, feeding video material and pictures to show the world the brutality of Bashar Assad’s regime. I was also in contact with the media, like the AP, outside Syria.”

During his three detentions before the one in May, “the authorities used to ask me to remain quiet and not to speak out to anyone. They hacked all my emails and even my page on Facebook and my Twitter account,” he said.

Al-Jahamani said he “will not go back to Syria until the regime there is toppled.”

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