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RI praised for helping Rohingya amid ASEAN failure

  • Dian Septiari

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 30 2020   /  01:00 am
At least 94 Rohingya refugees, comprising 15 men, 49 women and 30 children, were found stranded on a boat 4 miles from the coast of Seunuddon in North Aceh regency, Aceh, on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.(Antara/Nova Wahyudi)

Indonesia has garnered praise for its decision to provide humanitarian assistance to the nearly 100 Rohingya migrants stranded off the northern coast of Aceh this week, as pressure mounts on the region to deal with the crisis in Myanmar. The government is working with civil society groups as well as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to ensure the well-being of a large group rescued by local fishermen, the Foreign Ministry has said. “The government and the local administration [of Aceh], in collaboration with the UNHCR and IOM, will immediately make further efforts to handle these 99 Rohingya migrants. The people of North Aceh and Indonesian civil society groups are also actively providing humanitarian assistance,” the ministry said in a statement on Friday evening. Officials described Wedn...