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News ID: 44587
Publish Date: 16:27 - 20 December 2019
TEHRAN, Dec 20_Myanmar authorities have taken to court a group of Rohinyga Muslims, including children, on charges of illegally travelling without proper documents, as they were trying to flee persecution in the remote western Rakhine State.

Rohingya people, kids stand trial for ‘illegal travel’ while fleeing persecutionTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_“They said they ran away because conditions are difficult over there,” said defense lawyer Thazin Myint Myat Win, referring to the Rakhine State, where most members of Myanmar’s Rohingya community live.

A group of 93 people, including 23 children, were brought to a court in the delta town of Pathein on Friday.

They were arrested on a beach in the Irrawaddy river delta region, in late November, as they were fleeing Rakhine.

Authorities accused them of not having the necessary documents for traveling.

If convicted they face up to two years in prison.

“They said they ran away because conditions are difficult over there,” said defense lawyer Thazin Myint Myat Win.

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