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Jakarta Post

Collective responsibility ‘absent’ in ASEAN’s Rakhine effort

  • Agnes Anya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 25, 2019   /  03:40 pm
Collective responsibility ‘absent’ in ASEAN’s Rakhine effort Myanmar’s Buddhist monks march along a street during a demonstration against the planned repatriation of Rohingya Muslims from Bangladesh, in the Rakhine state capital Sittwe, on Sunday. (AFP/-)

ASEAN member states should “demonstrate political will” to collectively tackle the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar, Indonesia’s regional human rights representative told The Jakarta Post, just as the bloc’s disaster response agency sought access to Rakhine state amid renewed conflict between security forces and armed rebels. The newly appointed Indonesia representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), Yuyun Wahyuningrum, views that ASEAN countries have so far not shown any collective responsibility in discussions on the Rakhine issue, a point she made after a briefing she gave to human rights stakeholders in Jakarta earlier this week. "ASEAN always says 'we are a family', but being part of a family means having to share responsibilities,” Yuyun said in an interview at the Centre for Strategic and Inter...