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By RVision Correspondent  

Buthidaung, Arakan: Myanmar police extorted two hundred thousand kyats from a poor Rohingya in Buthidaung township by threatening at around 9 am yesterday, reports a local Rohingya.

While a local Rohingya hailing from Ywet Nyo Taung (locally known as Rohingya Daung) Village of Buthidaung was going to the downtown market on Thursday morning at around 9 am local time with the purpose of shopping for his small grocery shop in his village, a police officer of Buthidaung jetty post stopped him forcefully.

He threatened him to arrest and torture on a false allegation, and finally extorted two hundred thousand kyats (approx. $135) from him.

The victim was identified to be Monzurul Haque, 36, son of Ameer Ali hailing from the southern hamlet of Ywet Nyo Taung village tract. RVision has attempted to contact with the victim but unable due to communication hardship.

A local Rohingya reports to RVision, “particularly in Buthidaung downtown, Myanmar authorities have been accusing Rohingyas of false allegations on a daily basis to extort money from us.”

“When the victims report to higher authority regarding extortion, they (authorities) do not take any action against perpetrators.” added the man.

“Due to intensifying war between Arakan Army and Myanmar Tatmadaw in the southern part of Buthidaung, locals Rohingyas are not able to go out from the village due to fear of military harassment.”

said another Rohingya.

On 17 September at around 9 am thirty Rohingya men were forced to labor in southern Buthidaung by military leaving Sein Nyin Pyar for Nyaung Chaung on foot.

Sep. 18 – More than thirty Rohingya men were forced to labor in southern Buthidaung by a column of soldiers leaving Sein Nyin Pyar for Nyaung Chaung on foot.

A few days back on 15 September at around 11 am a Rohingya elderly man hailing from Thar Beik Taung village of southern Buthidaung was murdered by the military.

According to the latest report of UNFFM, more than 600,000 Rohingya still in Myanmar at ‘serious risk of genocide.

UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee said, “Myanmar had done nothing to dismantle the system of violence and persecution.”

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