Jakarta (ANTARA) - Deputy head of the Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Agency (BKSAP) of the House of Representatives (DPR), Achmad Hafisz Thohir, stated the world, especially ASEAN countries, must take concrete action for the Myanmar and Rohingya issues.

"Myanmar could be isolated from various world forums, be subject to an arms and economic embargo, freeze their passports and visas, and take the perpetrators of genocide there to the International Court of Justice," he said in a DPR statement uploaded on Saturday.

Thohir noted that the Myanmar regime, which is currently in power, no longer takes care of the Rohingya people and does not even hesitate to carry out massacres.

This neglect, he said, makes the fate of the Rohingya people even more unclear because there is no sense of responsibility from the authorities there, and basic human rights are no longer fulfilled.

"The regime felt that it had no obligations and even acted arbitrarily, was repressive, and carried out murders; the people of Rohingya were massacred and expelled," he said.

In regard to the current situation, he assessed that all people in ASEAN must do more to stop the Myanmar regime from doing violence and genocide against the Rohingya people.

"We are witnessing the suffering (of Rohingya people) and violence carried out by the Junta against the Rohingya ethnic group, even though the Rohingya people have existed in Rakhine since 1055 and were once prosperous in Myanmar," he remarked.

Earlier, the Ministry of Law and Human Rights' Director General of Human Rights, Dhahana Putra, stated that the handling of Rohingya refugees in Indonesia prioritizes universal humanitarian aspects while still considering the interests of local communities.

Putra stated that the non-refoulement principle under international human rights law prohibits countries from returning or expelling refugees to their country of origin or other countries where they are at risk of facing torture.

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