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Indonesian groups want Myanmar punished for Rohingya abuse


Rohingya refugees food for breaking of fasting, during the first day of fasting month of Ramadan, in their refugee camp at Bireun Bayeun, East Aceh, Aceh, Indonesia, 18 June 2015. Photo: Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

An Indonesian community affected by the Southeast Asian boat people crisis has petitioned its government to take more action in solving the problems faced by Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya community according to a report by the Anadolu Agency on 29 June.

At a press conference to launch its plea Monday, the Coalition for Caring for Rohingya urged the government to act decisively against Myanmar's government, which it said had played a key role in the humanitarian crisis faced by the Muslim ethnic group today.

"This is not a sectarian conflict, and not a horizontal conflict...this happened because of strong support from the Myanmar government on some violent actions such as murder, slaughter, and destruction," Coalition Chairman Adnin Armas told reporters.

The group is a made up from several Aceh communities, where 1062 Rohingya have been living in four temporary shelters since the boat people crisis erupted almost two months ago.

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