“As far as my trip to the Rohingya refugee camp on the Myanmar-Bangladesh border, five or six women were found admittingly raped and seeing family members killed by soldiers,” said Razia Sultana.
He is one of the witnesses of prosecutors in the Permanent People’s Tribunal (HEP) proceedings which took place at the University of Malaya Law Faculty for three days beginning today.
Razia, also a Rohingya ethnic lawyer, went to the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, last September 8 to collect evidence through interviews with victims of the brutal government of Myanmar, in addition to recording video.
He said dozens of Rohingya women found in fear and trauma, most of whom were victims of rape and other sexual violence by military and police.
In fact, he said, witnesses also revealed that Rakhine Buddhists were called ‘monks’, also in conjunction with the Myanmar military and police to torture and raping ethnic Rohingya Muslims.
“On the way, I saw a woman crying, asking her, she said she was crying after seeing her husband killed by the Myanmar troop in front of her eyes.
“Another woman said she was raped by soldiers and residents in the area.
“Some tell the experience in their respective villages, soldiers and non-military individuals who have weapons like knives, will come together to their village.
“The men and women will be exiled, then they will ‘examine’ women, in fact they violate all the women.
“Whoever tries to fight, her shirt will be torn open, pictures will be taken after the sexual abuse,” he said during the PPT trial here today.
The PPT talks about humanitarian crimes faced by Rohingya, Kachin and other ethnic minorities in Myanmar, organized by the Global Justice Movement (JUST), the Center for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA) and the International Forum of Buddhist-Muslim Relations (BMF).
Razia, who lives in Chittagong, Bangladesh, said he had interviewed nearly 100 Rohingya women and named 21 of them in the report to the PPT, including the testimony of a 14-year-old girl raped.
“I urge the intervention of international communities and human rights groups to stop this violence,” he said.