Saturday, October 22, 2016

When Rape is used as a weapon to ethnically cleanse a minority community

Rape has often been used as a weapon of war to ethnically cleanse a community, especially in areas where such crimes degrade or demean an entire community. For decades, Myanmar's army, police and border security guards have used such heinous tactics to bring shame upon the targeted communities like the Rohingya and Kachin. The recent military crackdown in the Muslim-majority northern Arakan (Rakhine) has again opened that door for the hated military to commit such heinous crimes.
It is simply shameful and Suu Kyi and her government should be ashamed of letting this crime happen and go unpunished.

Here is the latest report from the RB News.
Maungdaw, Arakan – On October 19th, 2016, U Shin Gya village tract in northern Maungdaw Township in Arakan State was raided by the Myanmar Army and reportedly ten Rohingya women were raped. 

On the morning of October 19th, 2016, the Myanmar military raided U Shin Gya village tract in Maungdaw Township. They raided all the houses. As men know they were likely to be tortured they had fled the village and only the women and the children remained in there. Although the men were not tortured as escaped, the military looted all personal belongings of the women such as their gold and jewelries. 

According to locals, the military took valuables physically off themselves from women’s bodies. The military also destroyed many household belongings. When the military raided Anauk Kwin hamlet of U Shin Gya village tract, some women were raped. 

“Only the women remained in the village. The soldiers looted whatever they wanted. Then they destroyed many household things, and they raped some women. They raped them inside of their houses.” a villager told RB News

As of now RB News has received the names and details of 10 Rohingya women who were raped by the Myanmar military. In the list, 2 are 15-year-old, 1 is a 17-year-old, 1 is an 18-year-old, 1 is a 20-year-old, 1 is 25-year-old, 1 is a 26-year-old and 3 are older than 30. All the women older than 20 are married. 

As the dignity and safety of the rape victims is a major concern, RB News will not reveal the list with the news but will send their detail to international governments and human rights organizations who may hopefully investigate further.

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