Indonesian house speaker calls for end to violence against Rohingya

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesian House Speaker Setya Novanto has called for an end to violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, because the atrocity was violation of human rights.

"Stop violence against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine. Cruelty must be stopped, and there should be no more blood and tears," Novanto said in his remarks during a plenary session to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), at Parliament Building here on Tuesday.

In the middle of the session, Jazuli Juwaini, chairman of the Justice Prosperous Party (PKS), interrupted the meeting and stated that the violence and genocide against Rohingya Muslims must be stopped.

He urged the Indonesian government to play an active role and help create a world order.

The legislator also called on the DPR leadership to push the Indonesian government to take concrete steps to help end the violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar.

Another lawmaker of the National Mandate Party (PAN), Chaeruddin, also interrupted the session and noted that Rohingya refugees are suffering and were stranded because Bangladesh had refused entry for them.

He remarked that the Indonesian government must take a stance against this human right violation and provide humanitarian aid to the refugees.

In the meantime, the Indonesian government is encouraging all sides to stop violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar, according to a press statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia received by Antara here on Tuesday.

The Indonesian government condemned the armed groups attacks on the Rakhine State police station and refugee shelter in Maungtaw on Aug 25, 2017, which have displaced hundreds of people and spurred new violence, and deplored the deaths and injuries in Rakhine State.

Indonesia expects the Myanmar government to take immediate steps to restore security and provide inclusive protection.

Indonesia also encourages all sides to immediately stop acts of violence, contribute to the restoration of security, and respect human rights of all people in Rakhine State, including the Muslim community.(*)