Thu 20 Feb 2014
Filed under: Human Rights,Inside Burma,Naypyitaw,News,Religion
A government commission set up to investigate reports of mob killings in Du Chee Yar Tan village has questioned villagers and officials in Maungdaw Township, in western Rakhine State.
The investigation commission visited Du Chee Yar Tan village and met with 15 ethnic Rakhine and 20 Muslim villagers on February 16 to investigate reports of mob killings in retaliation to the attack and disappearance of a police officer.
The commission also visited Kayay Myaing police outpost, the duty station of the police sergeant who is still missing after a police patrol was attacked on January 13. They also visited King Chaung cemetery to look for clues with the aid of criminological and legal experts.
In February 18, the commission went to Gaw Du Thara village where villagers are still hiding after mobs attacked and torched their village. They also went to Nurular village to ask whether there were any causalities.
The commission met with delegates from United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and Doctors without Borders (MSF) separately at Maungdaw district administration office on Tuesday.
MSF reported giving medical attention to 20 people who were wounded in Du Chee Yar Tan village, some by bullet wounds. The commission also went to Maungdaw police station to question 16 suspected Muslims villagers who were detained after the incident.
The president appointed Chairperson of the Myanmar Red Cross Association Dr. Thar Hla Shwe as the Chairperson of the commission, Dr. Kyaw Yin Hlaing as a secretary for the commission and eight members team on February 8.
The commission will seek clarification on the alleged culprits of the fire that broke out in Du Chee Yar Tan (west) on January 20, as well as investigating false and fabricated news.
The commission will report its findings to President Thein Sein directly on February 28.