Udayavni Special

48 Rohingya arrested off Myanmar coast


Team Udayavani, Feb 14, 2020, 5:33 PM IST

Pathein: Nearly 50 Rohingya Muslims have been detained at sea by Myanmar’s navy, a local official said Friday, the latest from the persecuted minority to being caught trying to flee camps in Bangladesh and Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state.

It was not immediately clear where the group started their boat journey but they were likely aiming for Malaysia or Indonesia, predominantly Muslim countries with large Rohingya diasporas.

Thousands of Rohingya have taken to the sea over the years in high-risk attempts to escape sprawling refugee camps in Bangladesh and oppressive conditions in Rakhine.

Village administrator Myint Thein told AFP by phone the navy had picked up 48 Rohingya men, women and children, as well as five “traffickers”, at sea on Wednesday evening.

An AFP reporter saw the group arrive Friday morning at Pathein township police station.

“We don’t know how authorities in Pathein town will proceed,” Myint Thein said.

Some 740,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar’s Rakhine to Bangladesh to escape a brutal military crackdown in 2017 and now languish in sprawling refugee camps.

Hundreds of thousands more remain in Rakhine, living under tight restrictions with little access to healthcare, education or livelihoods in conditions Amnesty International brands as “apartheid”.

The group detained at sea this week is just the latest in a series of arrests in recent months as seasonal calmer waters tempt more Rohingya to put their lives in the hands of traffickers.

On Tuesday, at least 15 Rohingya refugees drowned when an overloaded boat carrying mostly women and children sank as it tried to reach Malaysia from Bangladesh.

Local authorities have so far responded with various measures. Twenty-two were imprisoned for two years, nearly 200 were sent back to camps in Rakhine while 95 more are waiting to hear the outcome of a lengthy trial.

The minority garner little sympathy within Myanmar, where many people buy the official line they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, even though many trace their roots in the country back generations.

Amnesty’s Laura Haigh said Rohingya will continue to undertake such risky journeys unless their rights are restored and full accountability for military atrocities is assured.

Top News

Jessica Lal Murder case convict Manu Sharma freed from jail

Adesh Kumar Gupta replaces Manoj Tiwari as Delhi BJP President

Chitradurga: Sriramulu receives grand welcome amid lockdown, social distancing norm goes for a toss

Praying for everyone’s well-being, tweets PM as Cyclone”Nisarga” nears Mumbai, Gujarat

BSY asks top district officials to work from taluks to check COVID-19

‘210 people test positive for COVID-19 in Udupi today’

Centre opposes in HC plea on declaration of PM CARES funds

Related Articles More

China to construct 1,124-megawatt power project in Pok under CPEC

World’s new billionaire emerges from Asia’s costliest divorce

Chinese forces moved up to north of India along LAC says Pompeo

Fresh trouble as New York imposes curfew amid Floyd protests

SpaceX captures the flag beating Boeing in cosmic contest

MUST WATCH

Tragedy and chaos: Former MIA director recalls Mangalore Air Crash

Lockdown relaxation: Long queues outside liquor stores in Mangaluru

Indian Coast Guard thank Covid-19 warriors

#WeFeed – Feeding stray animals during lockdown!

Mysuru-origin doctor honoured with parade for her service in treating COVID-19 patients in US

Latest Additions

Majority of Indians willing to take personal loans to tide over COVID-19 crisis: Survey

Vande Bharat mission: CIAL has received about 10,000 evacuees

Jessica Lal Murder case convict Manu Sharma freed from jail

Adesh Kumar Gupta replaces Manoj Tiwari as Delhi BJP President

Funds pour in for man who used wedding savings to feed poor

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.