(31 January 2014) - Burma Rohingya Organisation UK is producing this briefing paper to try to present information that will help clarify some of what happened in what has become known as the Du Chee Yar Tan Massacre.

Although the government of Burma and local security forces deny that any incident took place other than the killing of a policeman, Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK has received multiple reports that leave us in no doubt that a serious incident has taken place.

The remoteness of the area, lack of ways for local people to communicate, threats to local people not to reveal information, and the government ban on people visiting the area, mean that establishing facts is very difficult. Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK has received direct and indirect information. Naturally there is some discrepancy on some details, which is to be expected when people have witnessed traumatic events, seen things from different perspectives, and when information has passed through channels from one person to another. An example is the different estimates of the number of bodies in government trucks which left the village, as people were trying to estimate how many bodies were piled into each truck. However, there are very consistent general reports of the events which have taken place, even if some details differ.

The information we have received is consistent with reports from AP, Irrawaddy, Arakan Project, the United Nations, Fortify Rights and MSF.

Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK has done all we can to try to ensure the information in this briefing is as accurate as possible. Given the difficulties in gathering information, there may be some errors, as it is not possible to directly verify and confirm all information. What is not in doubt is that a very serious incident has taken place. We are confident that this account provides a generally accurate picture of what has taken place.

If the government of Burma disputes the information in this briefing, we suggest that they agree to an impartial and independent international investigation into what took place. We pledge to accept the outcome of such an investigation. If the government of Burma has nothing to hide, they should be willing to do the same. We do not accept that any investigation by the government of Burma or the human rights commission will be impartial and accurate.

Du Chee Yar Tan is a remote area in Maungdaw, Rakhine State. It consists of 7 hamlets ( 4 Rohingyas and 3 Rakhine) , approximately 15 minutes’ walk from each other. The Rakhine call use the name Du Chee Yar Tan. The Rohingya call it Kiladuang. Traditionally there has been business and other interaction between the two.

As they approached one house in the village the man in the house fled,as Rohingya men often face arrest or beatings. They entered a house and demanded valuables, money and jewellery, from the Rohingya woman living there. Just extortion from police and security forces is very common. When the woman refused to give them her jewellery, the police and security forces raped and then killed her. This took place in front of her children. When their mother was killed the children began shouting and screaming that their mother had been killed. Local villagers heard and came to the house protesting. The police opened fire on the villagers. Three Rohingya women, three children and one man were killed and 4 people wounded by gunshots. It is likely that the policeman who authorities say was killed at this time.

So far we have collected the following list of Rohingyas who were killed on 14th January morning in Du Chee Yar Tan ;

  1. Ms Mariam  Khatoo ( daughter of  Zawmira Uddin )Age 103
  2. Ms Zahida  Begum ( daughter of  Ahmed Hussein) Age 45
  3. Mr Mamed Sohail (son of Sawli Mullah) Age 10
  4. Ms Humira (daughter of Abdul Razak) Age 35 *raped and killed
  5. Ms Musana (daughter of Sayed Ahmed) Age 40
  6. Ms Nur Begum (daughter of Hourmus)  Age 50
  7. Ms Begum (daughter of Mohammed )Age 45
  8. Ms Eisi Begum (daughter of Sayed Ahmed ) Age 15 chopped       into 3 pieces
  9. Mr Abu Bakkar Siddique Son of Omar Hamid (20-years-old)
  10. Mr Abdul Salam (son of Abdul Shakur) Age 60
  11. Ms Satayra       (daughter of Omar Miah) Age 34 *raped and killed
  12. Ms Shamshida (daughter of Bawshir Ahmed) Age 49
  13. Mr Salim Bahar ( son of Abdul Amin)       Age 42
  14. Ms Tuhida Khatu (daughter of Nazir Ahmed) Age60
  15. Ms Nurjahan ( daughter of Abdu Zabor) Age 21 *raped and killed
  16. Ms Fatemazua ( wife of Rahimullah) Age 32 *raped and killed
  17. Ms Nursabah (daughter of Rahimullah) Age 2years 5 months
  18. Ms Razuma ( daughter of Rashid Ahmed) Age 40
For more information please contact Tun Khin, President of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK on +44(0)7888714866.

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