Concern grows for Rakhine youths languishing in Kyaukphyu detention centre

The mass arrest of young people returning to Rakhine State remains unexplained, more than 10 days after it began

More than 10 days after authorities in the Rakhine State town of Kyaukphyu detained nearly 150 young people arriving on flights from Yangon, many remain in custody for reasons that have yet to be explained.

The arrests began on February 18, when nearly 70 ethnic Rakhine residents of Yangon were taken away for interrogation upon arrival at Kyaukphyu’s airport—one of a handful of gateways to the state still open since the resumption of fighting between Myanmar’s military and the Arakan Army (AA) in mid-November of last year.

That number more than doubled in the following days, but even after some were released on February 21, the majority are still languishing in. . .

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