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Forty-Three Rohingya Boatpeople Walk Out Freely from Prison in Moulmein

Kaowao
Thursday, October 04, 2012

The 43 Rohingya boatpeople who were detained in a prison in Moulmein, the capital of Mon State, were released by the Burmese government yesterday after having spent three months in prison, according to sources from Moulmein residents.

These same sources said that the 43 people received amnesty from Burmese President Thein Sein and were subsequently transported by truck to Pegu Division, where they arrived last night.

Photo of the day: A Rohingya Muslim man who fled Myanmar to Bangladesh to escape religious violence cries as he pleads from a boat after he and others were intercepted by Bangladeshi border authorities in Taknaf, Bangladesh, June 13. Bangladesh has turned back more than 1,500 refugees in recent days. A global human rights group has urged Bangladesh to keep its border open to people seeking refuge from sectarian violence in western Myanmar.
[AP/Anurup Titu]

“They received amnesty from the President,” said Ja Mar, a member of the National League for Democracy in Pegu. Despite this release of detainees, there remain a number of other Rohingya people from Arakan State in prison.

The 43 Rohingya people were released in the early morning of October 3rd from Moulmein Prison. Burmese Immigrant Officials from Moulmein later handed them to the Immigration Authority in Pegu.

The Immigration Authority in Pegu will send the people to Buthidaung Township near the border of Bangladesh. One source said that the people were citizens of Bangladesh and would therefore be sent back to their mother country, while others, who are Burmese citizens, will remain in prison.

 Originally, 85 people were sentenced to one year in Moulmein prison in June for violation of the immigration act. They had planned to travel to Malaysia, but their boat engine broke and their boat was forced to stop at Ann Deim Village, Ye Tonwship, Mon State.

Rohingya people perennially leave their homes and families in Burma and Bangladesh, where they face extreme discrimination and are denied citizenship.

The Muslim Rohingya often find they have little alternative but to try to travel illegally across the Andaman Sea in order to seek work in Thailand, Malaysia or another third country.

They are frequently described by human rights groups as “one of the most persecuted people in the world.”

Thailand is among the countries criticized for treating Rohingya boatpeople inhumanely. The Rohingya issue drew international attention in 2009 when the Thai military was accused of intercepting boatloads of Rohingya, sabotaging their vessels, and abandoning them at sea.


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