Molested, slapped, beaten: Myanmar teen describes junta's brutal treatment of detained women

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Beaten, kicked successful the groin and threatened with intersexual unit -- a young Myanmar teen detained by the junta's information forces has described the attraction suffered by immoderate women and girls down bars.

Ma Chaw, 17, and her parent were arrested connected April 14 successful Yangon, Myanmar's commercialized capital, which has been blanketed with dense information since the subject seized powerfulness successful a coup. As they were walking to a friend's location from a greeting protest, she said, they were stopped by 2 information trucks.

"They forced america to crouch face-down connected the ground," Ma Chaw told AFP. The precocious schoolhouse pupil past faced six days of fearfulness and anxiety, held with women who alleged torture and maltreatment by constabulary down closed doors.

Ma Chaw said she herself had to endure a constabulary serviceman molesting her during an interrogation session.

The teen was released connected April 20, but her parent was not arsenic fortunate -- she was alternatively taken to Yangon's Insein prison.

"My parent is my lone family," she said. "I'm precise disquieted for her information and life." To unafraid her release, she said, she had to motion documents saying she suffered "no torture" down bars.

"It's the other of what they person done," Ma Chaw said. "It is wholly unacceptable and unfair."

Her parent is among much than 3,800 civilians arrested and inactive languishing down bars since the February 1 coup, according to section monitoring radical the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.

Little is known astir the conditions of detainees crossed Myanmar, arsenic those released seldom talk retired astir it.

Ma Chaw said she and her parent were taken archetypal to a section constabulary presumption wherever they were questioned separately. "I was touched by a constabulary officer, who told maine helium could termination maine and marque maine disappear," she said.

"If I didn't propulsion his manus away, I'm definite helium would person continued." She added that her parent was slapped doubly during her interrogation.

The pursuing day, they were taken to a detention centre connected Yangon's bluish outskirts wherever they met different women, immoderate of whom had bruises each implicit their bodies.

One of them -- a pistillate who had been successful a narration with a foreigner -- was beaten truthful severely she could hardly speech oregon eat, Ma Chaw said.

"We had to provender her fried ovum and rice," she said. "She told america she couldn't urinate due to the fact that her women parts had been kicked during the interrogation."

The National Unity Government -- an underground radical of ousted lawmakers opposing the junta -- has announced it is investigating the "allegations of intersexual and gender-based unit against women and girls successful unlawful detention".

"These cases are indicative of the wider signifier of intersexual and gender-based unit committed by Myanmar's subject that has persisted for years with impunity, peculiarly against taste number women and girls successful equipped struggle areas," it said successful a statement.

Threatened disappearances

Another pistillate held successful the aforesaid detention centre arsenic Ma Chaw recalled akin experiences. Both women person been fixed pseudonyms due to the fact that of the sensitivity of their allegations.

Ngwe Thanzin told AFP she and 4 others were protesting successful Yangon's South Okkalapa township erstwhile they were arrested.

"I was kicked successful my look for having a achromatic disguise successful my bag," she said, adding that information forces besides yelled misogynistic maltreatment astatine them.

The women were past taken to the aforesaid detention centre arsenic Ma Chaw, wherever Ngwe Thanzin said she was handcuffed truthful tightly it near marks connected her wrists.

"They besides threatened america saying they could termination america and marque america vanish without anyone knowing it," she told AFP.

During her three-night detention, she said she saw a 19-year-old miss bruised truthful severely she could hardly stand.

"They don't bushed oregon torture successful beforehand of different people. But erstwhile radical were individually interrogated, they came retired with bruises."

AFP was incapable to independently verify the allegations made by Ma Chaw and Ngwe Thanzin.

Repeated attempts to interaction the junta spokesperson for a effect went unanswered.

And junta-appointed Minister of Social Welfare Thet Thet Khine -- who chairs a National Committee connected Prevention and Response to Sexual Violence successful Conflict -- could not beryllium reached for comment.

Ngwe Thanzin said the slightest the junta could bash was person pistillate information unit disposable to interrogate them, alternatively of men.

"All our rights and dignity were violated and abused," she said. "Since we person nary rights, I felt we were similar h2o successful their hands."

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