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January 26, 2022

Fifteen policemen at the post of Border Guard Police (BGP) in Rakhine hamlet of Tha Yek Oo Β (Mingalarfara) village, north of Maungdaw, Rakhine State, reportedly beat and harassed young Rohingya passers-by and extorted money from them on January 20, 2022.

On January 20, at 8.30pm, Amir Hussein, 17, and Hafiz Jannat Ullah, 11, both residents of Ghuna hamlet of Tha Yek Oo village were returning home from Jalsa (Yearly Donation Collecting Ceremony) at the Madulah Mosque in the southern village. Meanwhile, five police including deputy chief of BGP who is the office-in-charge of Β the camp in Rakhine hamlet met the young boys in the mid way where the police beat, punched, harassed and finally released them after extortion.

In addition, while a 45-year-old widow of the same vllage was working in her compound at around 9 pm, in a day of the first week of January, the police, government licensed robbers, unexpectedly entered into the widow’s home and brutally beat her son for extorting money, a local said.

A Rohingya human rights activist said, β€œThese border guard police are discriminating against people on the basis of race and religion. Section 144 is issued from 10 pm to 5 am. It is unlawful to beat and extort money catching the passers-by before 9 pm. Is there no law in the country for them or does it mean they are above the law?”

Rohingya genocide is now not unknown to the world, but the Burmese security forces can continue to commit such a heinous act because no effective international action has been taken so far.

Reported By: Maung Htay  

Editor: Md. Shuaib