Refugeesstage a rally in front of UNHCR office in Kebon Sirih, Central Jakarta on Monday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Refugees Demand Immediate Resettlement by UNHCR

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

JULY 14, 2020

Jakarta. Hundreds of refugees from Middle East countries staged a rally in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Central Jakarta on Monday, demanding resettlement and their refugee status determination (RSD). 

They gathered at a refugee camp occupying a former military building in Kalideres, West Jakarta at 8.00 a.m. before making their way to the UNHCR office in Central Jakarta. 

There are at least 10,000 refugees from Afghanistan, Myanmar, Somalia and several other Middle East countries transiting in Indonesia to seek refugee status from UNHCR, hoping that they will be resettled in countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the United States. The process may take months or even years. 

Indonesia is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention, meaning that those asylum seekers can be stranded without legal protection and logistical supports during the time-consuming process. In fact, many of them have been living on Jakarta streets and depending on individual charities to survive.
 
The protesters claimed that the Indonesian government and the UNHCR have no longer provided shelters and food, while the Covid-19 pandemic has also made things worse.

A refugee speaks with a microphone during protest in front of UNHCR office building in Kebon Sirih, Central Jakarta on Monday (13/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A rally leader speaks in megaphone during the refugee protest in front of the UNHCR office in Kebon Sirih, Central Jakarta on Monday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Refugees and asylum seekers wearing face mask as they protest in front of UNHCR office building in Kebon Sirih, Central Jakarta on Monday (13/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Refugees demand shelters and advocacy as they stage a rally in front of the UNHCR office. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A child joins the protest in front of UNHCR office building in Kebon Sirih, Central Jakarta on Monday (13/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Children are among the refugees who stage protest in front of the UNHCR office in Central Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman carries her sleeping child during protest in front of UNHCR office building in Kebon Sirih, Central Jakarta on Monday (13/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A female asylum seeker rests with her child sleeping in her arms during a rally protest in front of the UNHCR office in Central Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Two refugees sleep during protest in front of UNHCR office building in Kebon Sirih, Central Jakarta on Monday (13/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Two refugees find a time to nap during protest in front of the UNHCR office in Central Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Refugees and asylum seekers carry placard during protest in front of UNHCR office building in Kebon Sirih, Central Jakarta on Monday (13/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Children of the refugees carry banners during a rally in front of the UNHCR office in Kebon Sirih, Central Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Two refugees sit in front of UNHCR office building in Kebon Sirih, Central Jakarta on Monday (13/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Two female refugees sit near the gate of the UNHCR office in Central Jakarta as police officers stand on the background. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A refugee tries to enter the UNHCR office building during protest in front of UNHCR office building in Kebon Sirih, Central Jakarta on Monday (13/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
An officer from the Menteng Police Office in Central Jakarta prevents protesters from entering the UNHCR compound in Kebon Sirih, Central Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman carries a placard during protest in front of UNHCR office building in Kebon Sirih, Central Jakarta on Monday (13/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman carries a banner criticizing the UNHCR during a rally in Central Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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