In Myanmar’s Conflict-Torn Rakhine, Fresh Allegations of ‘War Crimes’

ASIA-UPDATES ON MYANMAR ROHINGYA GENOCIDE, 15 Jul 2019

Poppy McPherson and Thu Thu Aung | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service

Thein Mya Yi shows a photo of Their Tun Sein, husband of Ah Hla, who died in custody, provided to the families by the prison staff, in Mrauk U, Rakhine state, Myanmar, June 29, 2019. REUTERS/Ann Wang

12 Jul 2019 – When 35-year-old Ah Hla showed up to a police station in western Myanmar in late April hoping to see her husband among the prisoners, she didn’t know whether he was alive or dead.

Several dozen men, including her fisherman husband, had been detained weeks earlier when the military raided their village in central Rakhine state’s Mrauk-U township and accused them of belonging to a rebel army, residents told Reuters.

“I went there with the hope that I am going to see my husband, but he was not there,” said Ah Hla, who had walked to the police station with a group of relatives of the detained men. When she arrived, police told her that her husband of 15 years had hanged himself in his cell, and that his body had already been disposed of.

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