by rearcher Theng,

We, at the National Democratic Party for Human Rights (NDPHR), exile, South East Asia Regional Office is deeply concerned over the ill-treatment on Rohingya Burmese boatpeople in Indonesai.

Recently, 195 Rohingya boatpeople were shifted from Sabang and Idi Reyeuk, Aceh Timur district to Medan, North Sumatra.

The boat people who have been given accommodation in Weh island, Sabang district, arrived by MV Express Bahari 3B at Ulee Lheue port in Banda Aceh at 7:15 local time on Thursday morning.

The International Organization of Migration (IOM) has facilitated the boat people by transportation of a number of buses from Ulee Lheue port to Medan.

After arriving in Medan, the Rohingya boatpeople are treated as wild animals and kept under the open sky, while no food and drinks are regularly provided. They are also facing inhuman troubles as concern refugee agency is reportedly branded them illegal or undocumented refugees.

The health situation of these Rohingya boatpeople are worsening once again and no appropriate measures are taken by both Indonesian authorities and international community.

In this regards, we call upon the Indonesia Government to immediately facilitate the safety of these Rohingya refugees, who left Burma to escape brutal persecution of regime and were victimized by Thai authorities as well.

We also appeal to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), World Food Programme (WFP), World Health Organization (WHO) and etc. to urgently reach to the place of Rohingya refugees in Medan of North Sumatra, Indonesia with a view to fulfilling the needs of these vulnerable souls.

We also appeal to the International community to install pressure on Indonesia Government to fulfill its commitment of assistance towards these refugees as the Governments declaration in early this year and to encourage concern refugee agencies and parties to 1951 UN Convention an its 1967 Protocol Relating to the status of Refugees to resolved the problems as urgent burden sharing.

Executive Committee

National Democratic Party for Human Rights (NDPHR), exile

South East Asia Regional Office

for Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand

For further information, please contact:

Ko Aung Naing, Tel: +060 163094599

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  • jenawan  On December 20, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Do you know UNHCR in Indonesia stems the refugees as migrants and hand over to IOM. Funally, IOM pay about 2 millions Rps for smuggle entry into Malaysia.

    In recent year, about 20 Burmese refugees including Rohingyas were received such amounts. Both regional governments must be concerned about it.

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