Five Rohingya men arrested for publishing “Rohingya Calendar”

Rangoon, Burma: Five Rohingya people were arrested by the Burmese security force in Rangoon on November 23, for publishing a “Rohingya Calendar of 2016,” said Hakim Chowdhury from Rangoon.  “The five Rohingyas led by U Aung Khin taking permission from Myanmar Information Ministery and they published the said “Rohingya Calendar.” However, later on, the five men were arrested by police and fined USD 880 per each by the Court of Pazundaung Township of Rangoon region.”

The next day, the five Rohingya men were re-arrested and detained in notorious Insein Prison under a separate charge brought for causing “Public fear and alarm,” because of pressure from Ma Ba Tha (a radical monks group) to Panzundaung  Shwepyitha police station that to bring cases against the publication of the calendar, according to a man named Jalaluddin from Rangoon.

The Calender contains the official evidences of Rohingya existence from the period of 1950 to 1970. It includes quotations from a number of famous Myanmar freedom fighters and officials, he more added

But, the present government is not only endorses the 1982 discriminatory Citizenship Law that wiped out Rohingya citizenship and denied the right to self-identification, and also prohibits official use of ‘Rohingya’, said a politician from abroad.

Therefore, Rohingya community urges to the government of Myanmar to provide safety and security to the said five men including U Aung Khin, said an Rohingya elder.

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