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Jakarta Post

RI calls for talks in global Rohingya response

  • Dian Septiari


Jakarta   /   Wed, October 21 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)

Jakarta is treading carefully between urging inclusive talks and shared responsibility in the Rohingya response, with Western powers looking to raise funds for the refugee crisis this week just as another boatload of asylum seekers enters Indonesian waters. The United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees will cohost a donor conference on Thursday to promote support for Rohingya refugees and host countries amid significant funding gaps made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of thousands ethnic Rohingya – mostly Muslims – have fled Myanmar for neighboring Bangladesh to avoid persecution following a massive military crackdown in 2017, which UN investigators described as bearing “genocidal intent”. Similar pledging conferences have been held annually since then. As critics point to the slo...