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Boat arrivals reemphasize the need for regional action on Rohingya crisis, ASEAN MPs warn

ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights JAKARTA, 11 April 2018 — The arrival in Malaysia and Indonesia of boats carrying Rohingya refugees from Myanmar is a worrying potential signal of further regional repercussions of ongoing persecution in Rakhine State, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) warned today. In light of the latest developments, the collective of regional lawmakers reiterated its call for ASEAN leaders to urgently address the root causes of the crisis, which have already driven hundreds of thousands of Rohingya to flee Myanmar.   “These boats are a warning sign. Conditions for Rohingya in Myanmar continue to be deplorable, and the fact that some are now resorting to the high seas again demonstrates the sustained failure of the Myanmar government and of other ASEAN member states to address the underlying drivers of the crisis,” said APHR Chairperson and Malaysian MP Charles Santiago.   On 3 April, a vessel...

 

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