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Jakarta Post

UNHCR, Komnas HAM push for education rights for refugee children

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 9, 2019   /  10:37 am
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Refugees sit on a pedestrian walkway in Kebon Sirih, Jakarta, recently.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The National Commission on Human Rights (KOMNAS HAM) has signed a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to continue their advocacy and human rights protection of refugees and asylum seekers currently in Indonesia, this time focusing on children's right to education. UNHCR representative to Indonesia Thomas Vargas said both organizations were committed to offering solutions so that refugees, asylum seekers and stateless persons could prepare for their future, including by pushing for public schools to accept refugee children. He said Indonesia had ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, meaning that the country had to guarantee education at the primary level for all children, regardless of their nationality. "Little by little, we are trying to develop projects where [children] can improve their In...