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Jakarta Post

Indonesia defends approach to Rohingya problem as international pressure mounts

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 18, 2019   /  08:17 pm
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In this file photo taken on October 19, 2017 Rohingya refugees who were stranded walk near the no man's land area between Bangladesh and Myanmar in the Palongkhali area next to Ukhia. Hundreds of desperate Rohingya Muslims still pour over the Myanmar border into Bangladesh camps every week, six months into the refugee crisis.(AFP/Munir Uz Zaman)

With fresh pressure on Myanmar over the alleged genocide that had driven thousands of Rohingya Muslims out of the country, Indonesia urged the international community to stop “pointing fingers” at the Buddhist-majority country and build trust through dialogue instead. Myanmar was faced last week with renewed pressure internationally over a 2017 military crackdown on the Rohingya, which United Nations investigators insisted was carried out with “genocidal intent”. More than 730,000 people have fled to Bangladesh to avoid persecution. The small African nation of Gambia moved on Monday to hold Myanmar accountable for the refugee crisis, bringing the country to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The UN General Assembly adopted on Thursday a resolution on the human rights situation for Rohingya ...