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ASEAN urged to avoid complicity in Rohingya crisis

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Bangkok   /   Thu, June 20, 2019   /  10:28 am
ASEAN urged to avoid complicity in Rohingya crisis Flags of many colors: A security officer stands guard during the preparations for the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok on Wednesday. (Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun)

The plight of the Rohingya is likely to cast a long shadow over the upcoming ASEAN Summit in Thailand this week, as regional leaders are urged not to become complicit in what rights groups call a proposal for forced or premature repatriation. Human rights activists and groups lambasted the 10-nation bloc on Wednesday for the failure to address in a commissioned report the root causes of the Rohingya conflict, which has driven hundreds of thousands of people from the Muslim minority into neighboring Bangladesh. ASEAN leaders including Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi are expected to meet this weekend for the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, during which the Rohingya refugee crisis is expected to be raised as a topic of main concern. During the last summit in November, ASEAN leaders instructed its humanitarian assistance and disaster response agency, the AHA Center, to assis...