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Jakarta Post

Whole-of-ASEAN approach sought for Rohingya crisis

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 24 2018   /  01:24 am

The Indonesian and Malaysian representatives at the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) have called on member countries to take more practical steps to fulfil a commitment to bring peace in a conflict that has forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya to flee Myanmar amid charges of “ethnic cleansing” and “genocide”.

“While we still believe that ASEAN is best-placed to take pro-active measures in order to achieve durable solutions, it appears that we are failing to swiftly and fully utilize the collective resources of our ASEAN bodies in response to this humanitarian crisis,” Indonesian Dinna Wisnu and Malaysian Edmund Bon Tai Soon said in a joint statement on Monday. “Clearly this issue can no longer be addressed by one or a few member states, but ASEAN as a regional group must deal with the stark realities facing us. It must be a ‘whole-of-A...