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Indonesia rejects Rohingya refugees and turns boats back to Malaysia

A boat carrying at least 100 refugees was intercepted by Indonesian authorities after being in trouble off the coast of Aceh.

According to the local chief of Navy, the wooden boat was first witnessed two days ago and stranded about 70 nautical miles off the Indonesian coast. (Reuters)

Indonesia is sending boats carrying dozens of Rohingya refugees to Malaysian waters.

Officials said Tuesday that at least 100 predominantly women and children on wooden boats were denied refuge in Indonesia and instead pushed into neighboring Southeast Asian countries.

The boat was intercepted by Indonesian authorities after having trouble off the coast of Aceh.

Despite requests from non-governmental and UN refugee agencies, Indonesian authorities are trying to send the group back after providing supplies, clothing and fuel, as well as technicians to repair damaged boats. increase.

“We hope that (the supplies) will help the Rohingya continue their journey to Malaysia as planned and intended,” said Winardi, a spokesman for Aceh police, just one, like many Indonesians. I told the new AFP agency that I would go by name.

“We will monitor them until they arrive at their destination,” he said.

According to the local chief of Navy, the wooden boat was first witnessed two days ago and stranded about 70 nautical miles off the Indonesian coast.

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“This is about life and death.”

Indonesian authorities have not pushed back Rohingya refugees as strongly as Malaysia and Thailand, but instead reluctantly accept them upon arrival at sea.

However, Amnesty International and UNHCR have urged the government to land a left-behind group of Rohingya refugees.

“This is about life and death. There are women and children. We must pay attention to their health,” Amnesty International Indonesia Managing Director Usman Hamid said in a statement.

UNHCR also called on Jakarta to disembark passengers on the boat, noting that the boat was not service resistant.

Badrdin Yunus, the leader of the local fishing community, told AFP that the fishermen who visited the boat reported that 120 people were on board, including 51 children and 60 females.

He said the engine was broken and refugees could not communicate with local fishermen because of the language barrier.

Last year, hundreds of Rohingya who fled persecution arrived in Indonesia in Myanmar, which is dominated by Buddhists.

Since then, many have fled to Malaysia, attracted by a significant population of more than 100,000 Rohingya.

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Source: AFP

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