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Jakarta Post

Despite conventions refugees still lack rights

  • Made Anthony Iswara


Jakarta   /   Tue, June 23 2020   /  01:00 am
Para pencari suaka beraktivitas di trotoar Kawasan Kebon Sirih, Jakarta, Jumat (5/7/2019). Para pencari suaka asal Somalia, Sudan dan Afganistan tersebut menetap di trotoar karena tak lagi memiliki uang untuk menyewa tempat tinggal dan ingin meminta pertolongan kepada United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

World Refugee Day, which occurred on June 20, has provided an opportunity for activists to urge the government to do more to uphold the human rights of refugees, most of whom arrive in Indonesia seeking resettlement in third countries. Activists have pointed out that Indonesia is part of many international and regional human rights conventions to ensure the rights of refugees, even though the government did not sign the 1951 Refugee Convention, which obliges members to take in and take care of refugees. Indonesia is party to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and others rights agreements. “The government can and should do better,” said Zico Pestalozzi of the Indonesian Civil Society Association for the Protection of Refugee Rights (SUAKA) on Monday. “An...