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Jakarta Post

Human rights aspect ‘key’ to handling Rakhine crisis

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 24 2019   /  01:43 am

A human rights perspective is needed in ASEAN’s collective response to the refugee crisis in Myanmar, a member of Southeast Asia’s human rights body has said, after a collective move to shift responsibility to an emergency response agency has yet to show significant progress six months after it was appointed to assist in Rakhine state.The state was where Myanmar’s military cracked down on insurgencies in 2017, driving out 730,000 Rohingya Muslims, a minority in Rakhine that is denied citizenship and lives in apartheid-like conditions.During the ASEAN Summit in Singapore in November, the region’s leaders agreed to appoint the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Center) as the group’s focal point for handling the crisis.This decision resulted in talks to expand the mandate of the AHA Center beyond its traditional scope of disaster mit...