July 1, 2020, 06.22 PM

“The majority of the refugees already have a card from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [UNHCR] ] officially proving their refugee status. This gives them protection around the world under UNHCR,” she said.

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“However, our main priority is the repatriation of the Rohingya refugees to their place of origin in Rakhine state, Myanmar in a voluntary, safe, and honorable manner. We hope that the situation [in Rakhine state] will be conducive to their repatriation.”

The 99 Rohingya refugees consisted of 13 men, 30 women, and 56 children under the age of 18. Acehnese fishermen picked up the refugees on Thursday, June 25 and dropped them off in Lhokseumawe. They had been adrift at sea since Monday, June 22.

The Muslim Rohingya have been fleeing persecution by Myanmar’s Buddhist majority in their home state of Rakhine in recent years. 

(Writers: Sania Mashabi | Editors: Kristian Erdianto, Krisiandi)





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