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Jakarta Post

ASEAN responsibility to protect

  • Mochammad Faisal Karim

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 3 2012   /  10:21 am

Ethnic violence has been occurring in Myanmar between Muslim Rohingya and the junta-backed Rakhine community. According to UN report (July 2012), at least 650 ethnic Rohingya people have been killed, with 1,200 missing, and more than 80,000 people displaced. The exact number could be higher.

It is reported that the army and the police have played a leading role in the conflict, through mass arrests and arbitrary violence.

Until now, the government of Indonesia, the world’s largest predominantly Muslim country, has not appeared to be actively engaged in resolving the problem. Within the country, voices from civil society have continued to call out to the government to play a greater role through ASEAN in addressing the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar. Furthermore, calls for Indonesia’s initiative to end the Rohingya massacre have been voiced by lawmakers both from the I...