Indonesia Condemns Myanmar for Genocide Against Rohingyas

Saturday, 02 September 2017 , 18:00:00 WIB - International

People from various elements are seen holding a demonstration to protest the genocide against Rohingyan Muslims, Myanmar, in front of North Sumatera Legislative Council Building, Medan, Wednesday (30/8). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – The government is expected to take firm action against the genocide against Rohingyas in Rakhine, Myanmar. The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) asks the Indonesian government to prepare one land to contain Rohingyan refugees.

"Seeing the genocide, MUI decides to take actions, one of them is asking the Indonesian government to prepare one land to contain Rohingyan refugees if it’s possible," said the Deputy Secretary General Amirsyah Tambunan in a written statement, Friday (1/9).

Besides that, MUI urges the United Nations (UN) to take serious action against the tragedy, or take over the issue if they have to. "It’s obviously proven that the Myanmar Government is unwilling to stop the genocide against Rohingyas," he said.

Further, MUI asks President Joko Widodo to evaluate the non-megaphone diplomacy implemented by Myanmar. The Bangladesh Government is also expected to open Rakhine region so the aid from all countries can reach Rohingyas. "Therefore, they can save themselves from the persecution of Myanmar administration," Amirsyah said.

MUI urges the Committee on Nobel Prize to remove the Peace Nobel Prize of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Amirsyah also wants the International Criminal Court (ICC) to punish every human rights violation perpetrators.

MUI also urges ASEAN to stop the genocide in Myanmar, and freeze the membership of Myanmar in ASEAN. "If Myanmar doesn’t stop the genocide, it’s normal for ASEAN to reconsider the membership (of Myanmar)," Amirsyah said.

Previously, the Humanity Alliance of Indonesia for Myanmar (AKIM) held a program to help people in Rakhine State. The program called Humanitarian Assistance for Sustainable Community (HASCO) for Myanmar was launched by the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno LP Marsudi, at the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s Pancasila Building, Jakarta (31/8).

The aid for Rakhine State is a participative and inclusive international aid that aligns with the recommendation of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State led by Kofi Annan. (dtc)