Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Maungdaw residents assured of security

Residents from conflict areas in Maungdaw need not worry anymore about security because there are enough Tatmadaw and border police forces in their area, the Rakhine state chief minister U Nyi Pu.

“We have tight the security along the May Yu hill now. The security is no longer a concern,” U Nyi Pu told a meeting with Maungdaw residents on August 14.

According to the Maungdaw district administrative department the state minister and union level ministers, including the border affairs minister, the labour, immigration and population minister, the education minister and the social welfare, relief and resettlement minister met with local people from Maungdaw township and observed the situation.

U Kyaw Kyaw Oo, deputy officer of Maungdaw district administrative department told The Myanmar Times, the ministers vowed to take effective action against violent attackers to prevent another incident in the areas of the hill.

“The security forces are taking action and clearing operations along the May Yu hill as well as the department ordered the local people not to go there” he said.

He added, the curfew of Maungdaw district areas has been extended for next two months as well as the 11 villages from Rathedaung township of Sittwe district have started a 5am to 9pm curfew on August 11 to control the security condition.

“The innocent local people are still being killed and as far as I know, the security forces including the Tatmadaw are operating to flush out the terrorists, “ said U Kyaw Kyaw Oo.

According to the Sittwe-based Arakan National Party, the union minister of Border Affairs said the Tatmadaw will be using helicopters and tanks in efforts to locate the terrorists.

U Tun Aung Kyaw, secretary of ANP, said “the party asked the state government to take effective action in Maungdaw area.

“Yet, many local people are killed and were fleeing because of terrorist attacks fearing lack of security. The government should allay the local people’s anxiety and take responsibility for them” he said.

“We believe that the Tatmadaw is the only responsible group that can provide insurance against terrorist attacks,” he added.

Last week, the Office of the State Counsellor released a statement saying that actions will be taken against all extremists in accordance with law and those who abet their extremism in order to protect the innocent civilians as the extremists are stepping up their activities in Maungdaw areas.

Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director, Human Rights Watch, said both the Myanmar government and the Tatmadaw need to recognize that committing human rights violations in pursuit of insurgents, whether in Rakhine State or any other part of the country, is not only wrong but also totally ineffective.

“Myanmar needs to change course and hold accountable those who commit human rights abuses, no matter what side they are on,” he told The Myanmar Times.

According to the State Counsellor office’s statement, 59 innocent people are murdered and 33 had gone missing up to August 9 from last October in Maungdaw district, and government is working together with Tatmadaw security forces to quell these terrorist acts.