Indonesia draws praise for assisting Rohingya as ASEAN fails to mitigate crisis

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 Organisation for Migration (IOM) to ensure the well-being of a large group rescued by local fishermen, the Foreign Ministry has said.

“The central 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.

But now the main focus was to provide them with basic needs, temporary shelter and the necessary health services that ensure they follow health protocols to prevent Covid-19 transmission among the Rohingya migrants, the ministry said.

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