Prologue: As the persecutions, atrocities, extrajudicial killings, murders and illegal detentions of Rohingya Muslims continue, the Myanmar regime under President Win Myint, State Councellor Aung San Suu Kyi, 1st Vice-President Myint Swe and 2nd Vice-President Henry Van Thio must now be really dealt with seriously by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Nobel Peace-Prize must be withdrawn from A.S.S.Kyi immediately. and an international observer mission must be deployed to observe that ethnic cleansing and the Genocide against the Rohingyas does not continue. Charges for Ecocide and the environmental crimes in form of heavy logging - that since 1995 has seriously reduced forest cover and wildlife habitat especially in Arakan (Rakhine) state - must likewise be brought forward and justice be served.
Rohingya weep in Myanmar court as they face charges of illegal travel
PATHEIN: Dozens of Rohingya Muslims including children wept in a Myanmar court on Friday as they were brought in to face charges of illegally travelling without proper documents.
They were arrested on Nov 28 on a beach in the Irrawaddy river delta region while fleeing from western Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
The group of 93, including 23 children, were brought to a court in the delta town of Pathein to listen to the testimony of an immigration officer who accused them of not having necessary documents for travelling.
If convicted they face up to two years in prison.
"Every human has the right to life, the right to flee from injustice or illegal persecution, and the right to seek protection and safety. These fundamental human rights are violated in Myanmar by the Burmese governance. their sham judiciary and their civilian poster-lady and acomplice Aung San Suu Kyi with impunity. Since she even tried to cover up for the junta-laderhip and lied to the ICC, she must be the first target of international condemnation and prosecution." - ECOTERRA Intl.
“They said they ran away because conditions are difficult over there,” said defence lawyer Thazin Myint Myat Win, referring to Rakhine State where most members of Myanmar’s Rohingya community live.
More than 730,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar to Bangladesh in 2017 to escape a military-led crackdown that UN investigators have said was carried out with “genocidal intent” and included mass killings and rapes.
Some 600,000 Rohingya are living in conditions the United Nations has described as deplorable in Rakhine State, subject to restrictions on movement that touch almost every aspect of their lives including healthcare and education.
Many try to flee, often on boats bound for Malaysia, Indonesia or elsewhere in Southeast Asia, particularly after the end of the rainy season in November, when the sea is calmer.
Girls wearing colourful headscarfs and boys were lined up in the court to listen to the testimony before adults were brought in.
They cried as the judge spoke to them through a translator.
“You cannot make a noise in the court during the hearing. If so, you will lose your rights,” judge Khin Myat Myat Tun told them.
One of the defendants told the court they had not illegally entered the country. The judge told him their lawyer would make that point and he did not need to do so now.
The next hearing is on Jan 3.
In recent weeks, several groups of Rohingya have been arrested while attempting to flee by boat.
In November, a Pathein court sentenced 14 people to two years in jail for illegal travel.