Burma Times Correspondent: August 25, 2015
Twenty five Rohingyas en route to Akyab from Anak parang, Rathedaung for medical treatment have been arrested by security forces. The arrested men and women have been taken into custody and brutally tortured.
Rohingyas are not given treatment in the medical centres of Arakan state. These Rohingyas were hoping to get treatment in the Thakkay Pyin Clinic, which is one of the last remaining medical lifeline for the Rohingyas in the Akyab region.
There are no medical centres in Anak parang that treats Rohingyas.
The 14 men and the 11 women were convinced by Rakhine boatmen that they had special arrangements with the security forces and would not be bothered. Assured by their claims, the Rohingya community in Anak parang decided to send these women, who were suffering from various diseases to Thakkay Pyin Clinic for treatment.
However as the boat was passing through the Thae Chaung beach area on Sunday, military personal intercepted the boat. When they saw the passengers were Rohingyas, they proceeded to assault them. They were heavily beaten and handed over to local police.
Then they were further tortured by police.
Earlier this month, 18 Rohingyas were sentenced to year and a half sentence in a brutal state prison for going to Bangladesh for medical treatment.
Under the laws of the country, Rohingya Muslims are also forbidden to move from one area to another without permission of authorities. Many Rohingyas venturing outside their area without permission have even been killed by security forces or Rakhine nationalists.