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Indonesia allows docking of stranded boats with Rohingya refugees

Authorities overturned their decision the day after saying they would not allow refugees on board boats to seek refugees from Southeast Asian countries, despite international demands.

The left-behind boat was at risk of sinking within a few days, two fishermen told Reuters on Wednesday. (Reuters)

At the request of aid agencies, Indonesia will allow boats packed with Rohingya stranded on the coast to be moored in Southeast Asian countries.

“Today, the Indonesian government has decided in the name of mankind to provide evacuation to Rohingya refugees currently floating on boats near the Biln district of Aceh,” Indonesia’s Supreme Security Ministry official, Armed Wijaya, said Wednesday. Said in a statement.

“The decision was made after considering the emergencies that refugees are experiencing on board,” he said. He added that the passengers were mainly women and children.

“There were two places where the boat was leaking. There was a lot of water,” said Aditya Setiawan, one of the fishermen. In the video Reuters watched, dozens of people appeared to be crammed above and below a long wooden skiff deck.

Local officials in Aceh, a western island of Sumatra, will provide food, medicine and water to about 120 passengers on board on Tuesday, but will not allow them to evacuate to Indonesia despite international demands. Said. ..

read more: Indonesia rejects Rohingya refugees and turns boats back to Malaysia

The left-behind boat was at risk of sinking within a few days, two fishermen told Reuters on Wednesday.

Indonesia has not signed the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention and is considered primarily a transit country for those seeking asylum in a third country.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Amnesty International have asked the Indonesian government to allow boats to seek evacuation.

Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar have sailed to countries such as Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia for years between November and April when the sea is calm.

Many are turning their backs.

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Source: TRT World and distributors

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