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Rakhine: A moment for Indonesia and ASEAN to act

  • Moazzam Malik
    Moazzam Malik

    British ambassador to Indonesia, ASEAN and Timor Leste

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Jakarta   /   Fri, November 10, 2017   /  03:02 pm
Rakhine: A moment for Indonesia and ASEAN to act ASEAN can catalyse the international community by generating access for bodies such as the UN. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

We have all seen the shocking images of the humanitarian situation faced by Myanmar’s Rohingya people. About 607,000 people have crossed the border to Bangladesh in less than three months. Up to 200,000 Rohingya people remain in northern Rakhine and around 350,000 elsewhere in the state.  Many of them are displaced from their homes. 

Assessments from the ground indicate that lack of security, travel restrictions and food shortages are major drivers behind the most recent flow of refugees. Those assessments also show that while humanitarian assistance is getting into Bangladesh, the level of assistance getting into Rakhine state is simply inadequate. The key obstacle is the reluctance of the Myanmar authorities to grant access to humanitarian agencies.

The international community must act urgently. In the United Kingdom — from Foreign Se...

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