Empirical Observations from a local researcher in Rakhine

An Analysis from a local on the ground:


Observations:

According to our network, security force come to house to house and
check phones of rohingya guys in Buthidaung city.

Zadibyin village Rethedaung Township, Mosque door was broke  and fired
by rakhine guys few days ago

There was a rally of Rakhine Women Network, they invited burma
military to attack more on rohingya few weeks ago, i think

Rakhine can go to buthidaung and maung daw by bus , but not rohingya

Mg daw Market, Rakhine shops are open, but Rohingya shops are still closed

The whole Mg daw township, people are not allowed to travel cross
village to village

Buthidaung Market is open and people can go around.

We heard many Rohingya civilians were killed by air raid, we can not
verify how many people died

Kofi Annan commission are visiting to Sittwe currently

Kofi Annan commision met with UN and INGO in sittwe hotel today


Analysis

more attack against each other could occur in future, it is like cycle
Rohingya guys attacked on security force seem rebellion or insurgent ,
they did not attack civilians at all. it is NOT terrorist attack

Rohingya insurgent has aim and objective as other ethnic arm groups do
Humanitarian aid to Rohingya community in NRS after fighting stops,
Rakhine and Burmese Army could accuse of INGO are supporting terrorist
groups.

ANP could facilitate the event of attack on the INGO office again like 2014
Peace building and education activities in NRS would be challenge
Tension is high in sittwe and central Rakhine, community conflict
could happen any time soon.

NLD has less controlled Burmese army in NRS so NLD relies on NGO by
getting information on ground

NLD rakhine govt is not exist, Border affair guy ( Htin Lin) and State
GAD head  ( Khine Mg shwe) have more power than any NLD guys n sittwe

Embassies did not response the mg daw issues strongly because they
fall in love with Daw Suu  however,they responded strongly to Thein
Sein govt time

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Myanmar: UN expert warns of worsening rights situation after
“lockdown” in Rakhine State

Myanmar: UN expert warns of worsening rights situation after
“lockdown” in Rakhine State

GENEVA (18 November 2016) – A United Nations expert has called on the
Government of Myanmar to take immediate action to tackle the
deteriorating human rights situation in northern Rakhine State.

The Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar,
Yanghee Lee, criticized the authorities for placing the region on
“lockdown” for six weeks. She said a Government-led two-day visit to
the area in early November by a UN official and nine ambassadors had
produced only limited results in terms of addressing the humanitarian
crisis.

Ms. Lee expressed particular concern at reports from the area that the
security operation had been stepped up since the international
delegation conducted its visit.

“The Government has now admitted using helicopter gunships in support
of ground troops, and there are unverified claims of reprisals against
villagers who had shared their grievances with the delegation,” said
Ms. Lee.

“The security forces must not be given carte blanche to step up their
operations under the smokescreen of having allowed access to an
international delegation. Urgent action is needed to bring resolution
to the situation.”

Tens of thousands of people have fled their homes amid a security
operation triggered by armed attacks on border posts in October.
Residents, including members of the Rohingya minority and other Muslim
communities, are reported to have suffered serious human rights
violations including torture, rape and sexual assault, summary
executions, and the destruction of mosques and homes.

Humanitarian programmes providing health, food, education and
nutrition assistance have been suspended and civilians are reported to
be caught up in military action including attacks by helicopter
gunships.

Ms. Lee said allegations of human rights abuses, including the alleged
rape and sexual assault of women and girls, needed to be investigated.

“State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has recently stated that the
Government is responding to the situation based on the principle of
the rule of law. Yet I am unaware of any efforts on the part of the
Government to look into the allegations of human rights violations,”
said Ms. Lee.

“It would appear, on the contrary, that the Government has mostly
responded with a blanket denial. This begs the question as to whether
relevant evidence is being preserved to enable perpetrators to be held
to account for their wrongdoings. Pointing fingers without definitive
answers should be avoided. However, it is crucial to recognize the
issue at hand – as objectively as possible – and immediately embark on
a transparent, non-partial, independent investigation.”

“It is not acceptable that for six weeks there was a complete
lockdown, with no access to the affected areas,” she added.

Ms. Lee echoed a statement by the Chair of the Rakhine Advisory
Commission, Kofi Annan, for all communities to renounce violence and
for security services to act in full compliance with the rule of law.

She expressed hope that even before the Commission publishes a report
next year, the Government would start taking interim measures in line
with past recommendations to prevent further restrictions and
violations of human rights suffered by the Rohingya population as well
as other religious and ethnic minorities.

A group of UN human rights experts* has already urged the Government
to address the growing reports of violations emerging from Rakhine,
calling on the authorities to allow access for humanitarian groups; to
conduct thorough and impartial investigations of killings; and to
implement concerted efforts to fight and prevent acts of incitement to
discrimination, hostility and violence against minorities.

Ms. Lee stressed that the need for urgent action was undiminished.

“In my address to the General Assembly last month, I reiterated the
need for humanitarian access to resume as soon as possible so that the
needs of those affected and displaced are met, particularly the most
vulnerable,” she said.

“Also of vital importance is for impartial and independent
investigations to be undertaken to address the allegations of serious
human rights violations, with their perpetrators held to account.”

This statement has been endorsed by the Special Rapporteur on minority
issues, Rita Izsak-Ndiaye.


*Read the previous statement from the group of UN experts:
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=20742&LangID=E

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