Indonesia detains more Rohingyas
Posted On April 9, 2013
Chittagong, Bangladesh: Indonesia security forces detained more Rohingyas recently, according to news reports.
Indonesian police on April 7, detained 80 Rohingya Muslims from Burma on a remote island off Sumatra after they had lost attempting to reach Malaysia, according to Sembriing, a police officer mentioned in AP breaking news.
“The Rohingya boatpeople, including 5 women and 6 children, arrived late morning on the island in Pulo Aceh, a cluster of small islands off the northwestern coast of Sumatra.”
It was the latest boatpeople of Rohingya to arrive on the shores of Indonesia, had enough food and fuel in the boat. They are all well. They reached Indonesia by mistake while going to Malaysia. They lost their way, he more added.
Thousands flee from Burma with risky boat by sea route for no security of life and facing more harassment by authorities and Rakhines community after violence between Rohingya Muslims and Rakhine Buddhists in Arakan last year, said an officer, according to boat people.
The Rohingya boatpeople were being kept in a large hall at the local police station and were likely to be sent to the mainland where their cases would be assessed by immigration officials, the police officer continued.
Similarly, 35 Rohingya were detained in Surabaya city, East Java province by April 5 by police while trying to go Australia, according to police.
Many Rohingyas arriving in Indonesia have been facing long times in detention centers awaiting UN assessment for refugee status, said a relative of one of the detainees from Malaysia.