Coronavirus Myanmar court releases scores of detained Rohingya Muslims

Originally published by on 08/04/2020


Due to the coronavirus scare, a court in Myanmar on April 8th dropped cases against a number of Rohingya Muslims who were detained after they fled a military crackdown in 2017.Fears over a potential coronavirus outbreak in the Myanmar’s overcrowded prisons led to the release of 128 people.A statement from a judge notes that “[c]harges against both adults and children are withdrawn and they are to be released.” However, it is unclear where the Rohingya will be taken in the Rakhine state, posing a potential humanitarian catastrophe during the crisis. A Rohingya activist notes that about 250 people are likely to be released.

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