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Nine years later: Maluku refugees still waiting for rights

  • M. Azis Tunny

    The Jakarta Post

Ambon   /   Tue, January 29 2008   /  12:25 pm

It has already been nine years since the social conflict in Maluku broke out on Jan. 19, 1999, but thousands of people displaced by the strife are still waiting in uncertainty over when they will obtain their rights. "Maluku refugees should be recorded as the longest-displaced people in their own country by the MURI Indonesian Records Museum," quipped Maluku Refugees Coalition head Pieter Pattiwaelapia during a recent discussion titled Reflections of Nine Years of Living in Refuge in Ambon. Participants in the discussion, organized by the Maluku Media Center, included the Maluku Refugees Coalition, the Maluku chapter of the National Commission on Human Rights, refugee coordinators and representatives, non-governmental organizations and journalists. Participants alleged the government had not addressed the refugee issue since 2001. The latest data issued by the Maluku provincial ...