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‘Myanmar is their home’: Retno calls for safe repatriation of Rohingya refugees

  • Dian Septiari

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 15 2020   /  01:00 am
This picture taken on Sept. 9, 2020 shows a group of Rohingya women queueing up for medical check-ups at a transit camp after nearly 300 Rohingya migrants came ashore on the beach in Lhokseumawe on the northern coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island. When hundreds of Rohingya paid traffickers to escape their squalid refugee camp in Bangladesh earlier this year they were promised they were just a week away from a new life in Malaysia. Instead, the group of mostly women and children suffered more than 200 days of terror on the high sea until they landed this week on Indonesia's northern coast.(AFP/Rahmat Mirza)

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has expressed the government’s concern about the increasing number of Rohingya refugees arriving on Indonesia’s shores, calling on other countries in the region to share responsibility for addressing the core issues that led to the crisis. “In the last two months, Indonesia received almost 400 boat people of Rohingya ethnicity. […] Myanmar is their home, so a voluntary, safe and dignified repatriation should be continuously pursued,” Retno said at the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) on Saturday. Indonesia has rescued and taken in 395 Rohingya people who were adrift at sea on cramped boats. The first group was rescued by fishermen in Aceh on June 24, and the second arrived on Sept. 7. Of the 296 refugees in the second group, 105 are men and 191 are women. They are mostly under 18. “Based on preliminary information,...