Indonesian students demand deportation of Rohingya Refugees from Myanmar

According to the United Nations, Aceh has witnessed the largest influx of Rohingya refugees in the past eight years, with more than 1,500 individuals seeking safety on its shores.

A temporary shelter for Rohingya refugees in Indonesia’s Aceh province was recently stormed by a large group of university students, who demanded their deportation. According to the United Nations, Aceh has witnessed the largest influx of Rohingya refugees in the past eight years, with more than 1,500 individuals seeking safety on its shores. However, resistance from the local community has resulted in some boats being turned away.

Videos of the incident depict individuals, including students from various universities, entering the basement of a convention centre while chanting phrases like “Kick them out” and “Reject Rohingya in Aceh”. The footage also shows these individuals kicking the personal belongings of the Rohingya men, women, and children.

Subsequently, the refugees were escorted outside and transported to trucks. Despite altercations with the police, the officers eventually allowed the students to facilitate the relocation of the refugees. According to the UN agency, a group of individuals managed to breach a police cordon and forcefully transferred 137 refugees onto two trucks, relocating them to a different area in Banda Aceh.

Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, has identified human trafficking as the main reason behind the recent surge in Rohingya arrivals. He has pledged to work together with international organizations to provide temporary shelter for these individuals. The government is urging neighbouring countries to share the responsibility and assist in resettling the Rohingya who arrive on Indonesian shores.

To effectively address the Rohingya refugee crisis, a comprehensive and multifaceted approach is required. This includes promoting political dialogue among the governments of Myanmar, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and other affected nations to foster a more coordinated and compassionate response to the influx of refugees.

The international community, including the United Nations, can play a crucial role by exerting pressure on the Myanmar government to tackle the root causes of the crisis, such as statelessness and systemic discrimination. Additionally, increasing funding for humanitarian aid will help meet the basic needs of Rohingya refugees, including food, shelter, and healthcare, thereby alleviating the burden on host communities.

They can apply pressure on the Myanmar government to address the underlying causes of the crisis, such as statelessness and systemic discrimination. By increasing funding for humanitarian aid, the basic needs of the Rohingya refugees, including food, shelter, and healthcare, can be met, thereby easing the burden on host communities. Advocacy for the rights of the Rohingya people, including their right to citizenship in Myanmar, may involve legal reforms within the country and international legal action.