Officials said hundreds of Rohingya Muslim refugees stranded at sea for more than six months were rescued after repeated denial of port by regional authorities on Monday by Indonesia’s local fishermen.
According to human rights groups, fishermen were rescued after midnight after seeing refugees near Ungong Blang Beach in Ache. Two of the 300 or so passengers, including 14 children, were taken to the hospital. About 30 casualties were reported during the long months of the boat at sea.
Prior to the rescue, the fishermen contacted Indonesian authorities, who had previously prevented the boat from docking. In June, a separate boat with Rohingya refugees was also rescued by Indonesian fishermen, as authorities initially threatened to take it away.
The Rohingya refugee crisis intensified in 2017 when a Buddhist-majority army in Myanmar discovered what the United Nations described as an expedition intended to massacre. Thousands of Rohingyas bring accounts of genocide and rape across the border of Bangladesh to Myanmar.
In the years that followed, refugee camps in Bangladesh have become places of sorrow and prophecy, and many Rohingya have been earmarked for other countries, rejecting promises from authorities in Myanmar that it is safe for them.
“Rohingya refugees are still willing to risk everything in search of security,” Usman Hamid, executive director of Amnesty International Indonesia, said in a statement on Monday. He said, “It is being reminded that Indonesian authorities are waiting for local fishermen to take the initiative to take out these remains. The government, not private individuals, should have saved these lives.”
As the coronovirus spread around the world last spring, hundreds of Rohingya refugees set out on boats from southern Bangladesh to Malaysia and were withdrawn by both Malaysian and Thai authorities, as rights groups have said due to sanctions related to the epidemic .
In May, the United Nations warned that measures to prevent the spread of the disease would be “to close the asylum or force people to return to danger situations or to seek land, without health checks or quarantines” Don’t force it. ” . “
The Indonesian government on Monday promised to work with the United Nations to ensure the wellbeing and asylum of around 300 refugees rescued.