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Jakarta Post

RI widens arms for refugees

  • Tama Salim, Haeril Halim and Hans Nicholas Jong

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 18 2017   /  12:01 am

The government has streamlined procedures for handling asylum seekers, clearing stumbling blocks that had earlier hindered them from entering the country.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has just signed a presidential regulation (Perpres) on asylum seekers, detailing protocols for how to treat those who land on the nation’s shores to escape life-threatening events in their homelands.

The newly issued protocols, signed on Dec. 31, would help the government assist the more than 14,000 refugees and asylum seekers who have long been overlooked since entering Indonesia, which is not a signatory to the United Nations’ 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.

“We issued the presidential regulation in response to the need for a legal basis for handling refugees because Indonesia is a non-signatory of the refugee convention,” Andy Rachmianto, the Foreign...