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Forced Eviction from private property


Sittwe, 19th December:  Eighteen families who have been forcefully evicted from their own homes since October 25th in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State, have been spending under temporary sheds in the nearby open field, according to our correspondent.


The Sittwe Municipality expelled the said families on ground of their nearness to the Township Hospital on Singu Road.  Though the eviction was done according to the order of the higher authority the families have not even been relocated.  Living under the open sky the evicted persons have been compelled to lead an inhuman existence, in rain and sun.


When one of the members of the group, U Mung Daing, made an enquiry he came to know that the site was not a public property but it was legally owned by a Rakhine national, U Shwe Tha. 


Later he on behalf of the above-mentioned families raised objection to the municipality in due course. The authority agreed to look into the matter and take necessary action.  But till today no one has bothered to raise the issue and make proper inquiry about the matter.  Meanwhile, the eighteen families have been leading subhuman existence in the rough weather of Sittwe.  #