24April2017

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INDONESIA’S EFFORTS TO HELP ROHINGYA

The crisis experienced by Rohingya Muslim in Myanmar has become an international issue. The crisis, which started from the enactment of the 1982 Burma Citizenship Law excluding the Rohingya as one of ethnic groups recognized in Myanmar, has attracted the attention of the world community. It has also been discussed in several international forums. Lastly, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation -OIC held an emergency meeting of Foreign Ministers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday (January 19, 2017) to discuss measures to be taken in addressing the problem of Rohingya Muslim in Rakhine, Myanmar.

In addition to playing an active role in international forums to address the Rohingya issue, Indonesian government is also taking other steps, namely providing humanitarian aid to the Rohingya Muslim communities in Rakhine State, Myanmar. The humanitarian aid released by President Joko Widodo at the Port of Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta on December 29, 2016, was submitted by Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi in Sittwe, Rakhine State on Saturday (January 21, 2017). The humanitarian aid consists of 10 containers of instant noodles, wheat flour, toddler food, and sarongs.

In her speech while delivering the humanitarian aid, the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister asserted that bilaterally and through the ASEAN, Indonesia has a high commitment to help the inclusive development in Myanmar. The minister also said that Indonesia has been following closely the developments in Rakhine State since the attacks on police stations on October 9, 2016. Indonesian humanitarian aid received by Myanmarese Social Welfare Minister, Dr Win Myat Aye and witnessed by Rakhine Chief Minister U Nyi Pu, will be distributed directly to the needy people, especially in some of the refugee camps. In addition to handing over the humanitarian aid, Foreign Affairs Minister Retno also inaugurated two schools built by Indonesian public donations in Sittwe, Rakhine State,

The assistance given to the Rohingya Muslim has proven that Indonesian government is really concerned with the problems of the Rohingya Muslim. Indonesia does not stay silent with the Myanmar's Rohingya ethnic circumstances. In addition to sending the humanitarian aid, the Indonesian government has also conducted diplomacy so that Myanmar can resolve the conflict with the Muslim tribes. Indonesia has provided a lot of technical assistance, such as building schools and health facilities.

Hopefully, what has already been given, both technical assistance and diplomacy, can create conducive conditions and make peace and stability that is needed for inclusive development in Myanmar, particularly in the Rakhine State.

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