Burma Times Correspondent: July 09, 2015
Government collaborators have been warning villagers throughout Maungdaw that Rohingyas refusing to accept the green card will be prosecuted as human traffickers. The trend is likely to be followed in other parts of Arakan.
The warnings from government collaborators or tabbes come as a man and woman were publicly beaten up and taken to police custody on Monday in Sidhar fara. Later that day they were charged as human traffickers.
In light of the recent migrant crisis, Burma faced international pressure to crack down on human smugglers. Burma responded to the situation by preparing a list of Rohingya activists vocal for justice in their localities. A few have been charged as human traffickers and brutally tortured in prison.
Now the government is planning to prosecute anyone refusing the green card as smugglers, according to threats made by tabbes.
The government will try to show the international community they are cracking down against smugglers. Actual smugglers are backed by government forces especially the BGP and remain well protected.
Analysts say human traffickers fulfil an important government objective of transporting the unwanted Rohingyas out of the country.