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More action needed on Rohingya repatriation

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 27 2019   /  01:57 am

ASEAN’s emergency response agency has identified possible contributions member states could make for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees, but more work is needed to convince the refugees to return, Indonesia’s lead diplomat on ASEAN affairs said recently.The Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ERAT) from the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Center) visited Rakhine state in March and recently concluded its preliminary needs assessment on Rohingya refugees.The AHA Center, whose main responsibility is disaster mitigation, was given the mandate by ASEAN leaders to assist Myanmar in efforts to repatriate more than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled the country to neighboring Bangladesh back to Rakhine state in Myanmar.Jose Tavares, the Foreign Ministry’s director general for ASEAN affairs, cited the AHA Center report on needs assessm...