Burma Times: January 4, 2015
A court sentenced 11 Rohingyas to five years imprisonment for leaving their Kyauktaw township and travelling to Buthidaung for livelihood opportunities.
Work is scarce throughout Arakan, but things are even worse in Kyauktaw where many live in near starvation circumstances with no access to healthcare.
Rohingyas are forbidden from travelling outside their refugee camps or neighbourhoods. As a result many have difficulty finding work and feeding their families. Sources say lack of work forces Rohingyas to travel outside their designated zones in spite of the threat of rigorous punishment in the notorious prisons of Arakan if apprehended by security forces.
The sentencing took place on Thursday, three days after a landmark resolution by the UN general assembly that the Burmese government ensure that Rohingyas are provided with full citizenship and unrestricted access to all parts of the country. The decision by the court authorities to prosecute the 11 men is a reminder that the Burmese government might choose to disregard international pressure.
The court did not allow the 11 men to present their case and hire lawyers.