UN urged the leaders of Southeast Asia to keep their borders and ports open for Rohingyas
May 16,United Nations: The leaders of Southeast Asia region urged to keep their borders and ports open for Rohingyas and Bangladeshis by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday.
Malaysia and Indonesia refused entry to several thousand Rohingyas and Bangladeshis,despite an urgent humanitarian appeal by the United Nations chief on Wednesday.They were stranded on smugglers’ boats in the Andaman Sea and the Straits of Malacca. Mr Ban spoke to governments in the locale to guarantee that the commitment of rescue at sea is maintained and the preclusion on “refoulement” is kept up.
Refoulement is the persuasive return of people to their nation of inception where they could confront persecution.
The Secretary-General “likewise encourages governments to encourage auspicious disembarkation and keep their fringes and ports open with a specific end goal to help the powerless individuals who are in need”, an UN representative said.
The Oslo Times