WARTAINDONESIA EN – The number of Rohingya refugees entering Indonesia through the waters of Aceh continues to rise. In recent months, thousands of Rohingya refugees have successfully reached the region of Tanah Rencong.
In response to this, the Indonesian National Air Force (TNI AU) has launched Operation Eagle Eye-23 to monitor the presence of illegal Rohingya refugee ships in the waters of Aceh. The operation began on December 19, 2023, and will continue until an undetermined time.
In this operation, the TNI AU deployed CN 295 aircraft equipped with various advanced equipment, such as radar and cameras, which can be used to detect the presence of ships crossing the waters of Aceh.
Colonel Pnb Yoyon Kuscahyono, Commander of Lanud Sultan Iskandar Muda, stated that Operation Eagle Eye-23 aims to prevent the illegal entry of Rohingya refugees into Indonesia. “This operation also aims to provide information to relevant authorities about the presence of Rohingya refugee ships,” said Yoyon.
During the operation, the TNI AU has detected the presence of five Rohingya refugee ships in the waters of Aceh. These ships are estimated to carry hundreds of Rohingya refugees.
The TNI AU has coordinated with relevant authorities, such as the Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla) and the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), to handle these Rohingya refugee ships.
Handling Rohingya refugees is a collective responsibility. The Indonesian government needs to collaborate with other countries to find appropriate solutions to this issue.
Here are some things the Indonesian government can do to address Rohingya refugees:
- Strengthen cooperation with other countries The Indonesian government needs to enhance cooperation with other countries, especially neighboring countries, to address Rohingya refugees. This cooperation can cover various areas, such as providing humanitarian assistance, determining relocation sites, and granting citizenship status.
- Build adequate infrastructure The Indonesian government needs to build adequate infrastructure to accommodate Rohingya refugees. This includes housing, health facilities, and educational facilities.
- Raise public awareness The Indonesian government needs to increase public awareness about the Rohingya refugee issue. The public needs to understand that Rohingya refugees are victims of the conflict in Myanmar.
By improving cooperation with other countries, building adequate infrastructure, and increasing public awareness, the Indonesian government can handle the Rohingya refugee issue more effectively.
Strengthen diplomatic ties and collaboration with international organizations to address the root causes of the Rohingya refugee crisis. By engaging in meaningful discussions with other nations, Indonesia can work towards finding a comprehensive and sustainable solution.
Humanitarian Aid and Assistance
Increase efforts in providing humanitarian aid to Rohingya refugees. Collaborate with international organizations to ensure the delivery of essential supplies, medical assistance, and basic necessities to those in need.
Coordinated Search and Rescue Operations
Enhance coordination between the TNI AU, Bakamla, Basarnas, and other relevant agencies to improve search and rescue operations. This includes implementing more effective measures to identify and assist Rohingya refugees at sea.
Long-Term Resettlement Plans
Work with international partners to develop long-term resettlement plans for Rohingya refugees. This involves creating sustainable living conditions, offering educational opportunities, and facilitating their integration into local communities.
Advocacy for Human Rights:
Advocate for the protection of human rights and the prevention of further persecution against the Rohingya population. Collaborate with international human rights organizations to raise awareness and garner support for addressing the underlying issues in Myanmar.
Implement educational programs to promote awareness and understanding of the Rohingya crisis among the Indonesian population. Encourage empathy and support for initiatives aimed at assisting and integrating Rohingya refugees.
Utilize media channels to disseminate accurate information about the Rohingya refugee situation. Highlight the humanitarian aspects of the crisis and emphasize the need for a collective and empathetic response from the global community.
Policy Review and Reform
Conduct a comprehensive review of existing policies related to refugees and asylum seekers. Consider implementing reforms that prioritize the protection and well-being of Rohingya refugees, ensuring their rights are respected.
Engage in discussions and negotiations at international forums to garner support for a coordinated and comprehensive approach to the Rohingya refugee crisis. Work towards building a consensus on addressing the root causes and finding sustainable solutions.
By adopting these measures, Indonesia can contribute significantly to the global efforts aimed at addressing the Rohingya refugee crisis and promoting a more compassionate and coordinated response.
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