76 Rohingya jailed


An Arakan State court reportedly sentenced 76 Rohingya Muslims to lengthy prison terms last week for their alleged roles in an outburst of deadly inter-communal violence in Maungdaw Township in June last year, according to a human rights group and a local media report.Myanmar
At least seven were sentenced to life imprisonment, says ‘Irrawaddy’, a top Myanmar-related website.
The Thailand-based Arakan Project, which advocates for the rights of the Rohingyas, said a total of 76 Muslim defendants from Maungdaw Township had been sentenced at Buthidaung and Maungdaw township courts last week.

“On 20 and 21 August, Buthidaung Court sentenced 43 Rohingya detainees, all from Ba Gone Nar Village Tract in Maungdaw South, in relation to the June [2012] violence.

Of them, 35 were sentenced to 17 years, four to 6 years and four to life imprisonment,” the group said in a draft report that it recently submitted to the UN special envoy on the human rights situation in Burma Tomás Quintana. Continue reading

Myanmar denies reports of Rohingyas undergoing military training in Rakhine


Myanmar has rejected news that Rohingyas are undergoing military training in the western state of Rakhine, saying that such a move could not be made within the country, according to Maungdaw Border Region Immigration Control Headquarter.

Lieutenant Colonel Htoo Hlaing told the Daily Eleven on Friday that such a kind of military training did not exist in Myanmar, describing it as a media hoax.

“Such a military training cannot be carried out in Myanmar and it is just a media trick. Bengalis here (in Rakhine state) are calm but I don’t know about Rohingya. We are working for regional peace and stability, relief and resettlement at a national level. We are shouldering security duties day in, day out,” said Htoo Hlaing. Continue reading