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Jakarta Post

ASEAN urges Myanmar to ensure security in Rakhine

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Bangkok   /   Sun, August 4, 2019   /  06:52 pm
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Muslim Rohingya refugees walk down a hillside in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar on Nov. 26, 2017.(AFP/Ed Jones)

ASEAN has called on the Myanmar government to guarantee the safety of the Rohingya community, both in the country and in exile, as the region's foreign ministers push for more dialogue with the refugees in the ongoing repatriation process. Myanmar attracted international attention two years ago when its military initiated a crackdown on Rakhine state, driving about 730,000 Muslim Rohingya to cross into Bangladesh. Since earlier this year, civilians in Rakhine have also been caught up in clashes between the military and the Arakan Army, an insurgent group that recruits from the mainly Buddhist ethnic Rakhine population and is fighting for greater autonomy for the state. The call on Myanmar was stated in a joint communiqué issued at the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting last week in their bid to ensure a voluntary return of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to Rakhine in a...