House of Representatives: Amnesty International Report Related to Rohingya's Fate We Need to Follow Up

By : Herry Barus And Aldo Bella Putra | Thursday, November 23 2017 - 18:00 IWST

Wakil Ketua Komisi I DPR Tubagus Hasanuddin (Foto Istimewa)
Wakil Ketua Komisi I DPR Tubagus Hasanuddin (Foto Istimewa) - Jakarta - Discriminatory treatment of the Myanmar government against the Rohingyas continues. One of them is the difficulty in getting the right to education and health for the Rohingyas.

Amnesty International reported by the researcher, Elise Tillet when met with Vice Chairman of Commission I of DPR-RI TB Hasanuddin in the living room of Commission I of the House of Representatives, Thursday (23/11/2017).

TB Hasanuddin said the House of Representatives Commission I will follow up Amnesty International's report by inviting Foreign Minister of Indonesia Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi to seek joint solution in overcoming humanity problem experienced by ethnic Rohingya in Myanmar.

"We will evaluate the steps taken by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in addressing the problems experienced by Rohingya ethnic groups, if we have not made the maximum results then we will formulate a solution to overcome it," said TB Hasanuddin.

Moreover, continued TB Hasanuddin, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi once held a meeting and submitted the proposal of Formula 4 + 1 for Rakhine State to Myanmar state consulate in diplomatic mission in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, Monday (4/9/2017).

"So, we must know the progress of the proposals that the Minister of Foreign Affairs has conveyed to the Myanmar authorities in addressing the Rohingya ethnic issues," said TB Hasanuddin.

TB Hasanuddin added that if the Burmese government is not concrete in carrying out the Indonesian government's proposal, the House of Representatives Commission I will hold a meeting with parliament in Myanmar to discuss the humanitarian problems experienced by the Rohingyas.

"If necessary, the House of Representatives Commission I later to meet with the parliament of Myanmar," said TB Hasanuddin.

For information, the envoy from Amnesty International, namely, Elise Tillet today, Thursday (23/11/2017) reported the latest development of the Rohingya ethnic fate in Myanmar to Commission I of DPR RI represented by TB Hasanuddin.

In its report, Amnesty International said that the Burmese government still limited ethnic Rohingyas to travel, came to the hospital and got an education. The Myanmar government's actions are classified as apartheid.

Access to education on Rohingya ethnicity has been limited since 2012, where Rohingya children are not allowed to attend mixed public schools in many Rakhine areas.

There are about 1.1 million Rohingyas living in the State of Rakhine. They are not recognized for their citizenship and are considered illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, even though they have lived for generations in Myanmar.

Discrimination extended before the violence that caused 600,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh.

Related to that, the Indonesian government through Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi once proposed Formula 4 + 1 to Rakhine State to Myanmar state consulate in diplomatic mission in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, Monday (4/9/2017)

The proposed Formula 4 + 1 for Rakhine State consists of four elements: restoring stability and security, maximum restraint and nonviolence, protection to all persons in the Rakhine State regardless of race and religion, and the importance of immediate access for security assistance.

Retno also expressed the concern and high commitment of Indonesia's humanitarian non-governmental organizations to Myanmar. He said he recently launched the Indonesian Humanitarian Alliance for Myanmar (AKIM) on 31 August 2017.

AKIM is composed of 11 humanitarian organizations, which prioritize its assistance on four issues: education, health, economics, and relief. The commitment of assistance provided by the alliance amounted to 2 million US dollars.

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