Second boat of more than 100 Rohingya lands on Indonesian beach

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BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (TBEN) — More than 100 Rohingya Muslims traveling in a wooden boat have landed on an Indonesian beach, the second group in as many days to arrive in the island’s northernmost province of Aceh.

The group of 61 men, 36 women and 22 children who landed on Wednesday morning in Bluka Teubai village in North Aceh district were taken to the fishing hall and will remain there pending further information from local authorities, said Nawafil Mahyudha, head of from Dewantara sub-district.

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A group of 110 weak and hungry Rohingya refugees also landed in North Aceh district on Tuesday after traveling in a boat for more than a month. They aimed for Malaysia after leaving Myanmar, but foundered in Aceh waters.

In March, 114 Rohingya refugees were also found on a beach in the neighboring Bireuen district.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled the Buddhist-majority Myanmar to refugee camps in Bangladesh since August 2017, when the Myanmar military launched operations in response to attacks by a rebel group. Myanmar’s security forces have been accused of mass rape, murder and burning of thousands of Rohingya homes.

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Rohingya groups have been trying to leave the camps in Bangladesh by sea to seek a better life in other Muslim-majority countries in the region. Malaysia is a common destination for the boats, although many Rohingya refugees who land there are detained.

While neighboring Indonesia is not a signatory to the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention, the UN Refugee Agency said a 2016 presidential regulation provides a legal framework for the treatment of refugees on boats in distress near Indonesia and helps them get into the country of origin. to board.

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