Maungdaw, Arakan State: Rohingya supporters of NDPD arrested and tortured last week, 7 more beaten up by security forces in front of polling station on election day, 38 Rohingyas also arrested
Reports of intimidation and arrests in ethnic areas during Burma’s elections
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has received reports of harassment, intimidation, violence and arrests in several of Burma’s ethnic states, during and immediately following the sham elections three days ago.
In Maungdaw, northern Arakan State, at least 38 Rohingyas were reportedly arrested on election day, and other arrests were reported in other towns. Supporters of a Rohingya party, the National Democratic Party for Development (NDPD), were arrested and tortured last week in Maungdaw by soldiers of the border security force known as ‘Na Sa Ka’. Seven NPDP supporters were beaten up by Na Sa Ka soldiers in front of a polling station on election day.
CSW’s East Asia Team Leader Benedict Rogers said, “We believe these reports from Arakan and Chin states are just the tip of the iceberg. This election was rigged before polling day, and there has clearly been a campaign of intimidation, harassment and violence, designed to ensure that the regime gets the result it wants. The international community must not give this process any recognition, legitimacy or credibility whatsoever. Instead, the international community, led by the UN, must intensify its efforts to convince the regime to enter into a meaningful dialogue with the democracy movement led by Aung San Suu Kyi and the ethnic nationalities. It is essential that genuine representatives of the ethnic nationalities are fully involved and included in that process.”