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Jakarta Post

ASEAN’s treatment of Rohingya slammed as ‘totally shameful’

  • Dian Septiari


Jakarta   /   Fri, June 26 2020   /  01:00 am
This handout photo taken and released on April 5, 2020 by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency shows a wooden boat carrying suspected Rohingya migrants detained in Malaysian territorial waters off the island of Langkawi. - Malaysia on April 5 detained 202 suspected Rohingya Muslims who arrived illegally by boat, a top official said, raising fresh fears that people smugglers may be back in action. (Handout/Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency/AFP/-)

Dian Septiari   THE JAKARTA POST/JAKARTA   The new Rohingya refugee crisis that is brewing off the northern coast of Indonesia might cast a long shadow over the upcoming ASEAN Summit, with critics describing ASEAN countries’ handling of the stranded refugees as "totally shameful" in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Leaders of ASEAN member states are due to meet virtually in the landmark summit on Friday, where they are expected to discuss various regional issues including the fate of Rohingya refugees stranded at sea who face widespread rejection from countries on account of coronavirus concerns.   Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said that Indonesian fishermen and local authorities in Northern Aceh had rescued 94 Rohingyas on Wednesday, insisting that “based on humanitarian considerations” they would be given emergen...