Asylum seeker and refugee (ASR) are known to be one of the most marginalized groups in every part of the world. They have fled from their home countries due to persecution, seeking safer life. However, in practice, many ASR are not welcomed in various countries due to the rise of global extreme nationalism and irrational security regulation. This condition is further worsened in transit countries, meaning the countries who are not signatory to Refugee Convention and its Protocol, such as Indonesia.
As a host for 13.612 ASR (1), Indonesia has put a considerable amount of attention to ASR. In 2016, President Joko Widodo enforced Presidential Regulation 125/2016 on The Handling of Foreign Refugees. This marked the first legal recognition for ASR in Indonesia. However, said regulation does not cover the protection of rights for ASR in Indonesia, thus creating legal gaps on fulfilment of rights of ASR while in Indonesia.
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by Julio Achmadi, SUAKA member, Legal Empowerment Coordinator
Originally posted in his blog: https://julioachmadi.blogspot.com/2020/06/world-refugee-day-2020-fighting-exclusion.html
Over the past few years of my experience working in refugee related issue, social exclusion seems to be one of the root causes of discrimination against refugees in Indonesia. With almost 14.000 refugees and asylum seekers, Indonesia should take a lead in Southeast Asia to include refugee in creating collaborations and programs to improve national welfare.
SUAKA akan mengadakan Diskusi Publik dengan tema “Kondisi Kelompok Rentan di Tengah COVID-19”
Kelompok rentan yang akan dibahas dalam diskusi ini adalah, Pengungsi, Penyandang Disabilitas dan Buruh Migran.
Diskusi ini akan di moderatori oleh Julio Achmadi, Koordinator Legal Empowerment SUAKA, dan mengundang para narasumber:
- Yuzniar Adiputera, dosen dan peneliti di Institute of International Studies – Universitas Gajah Mada. Materi Presentasi Diskusi SUAKA: Kelompok Rentan COVID19 – Pengungsi
- Eny Rofiatul, divisi Counter Trafficking & Labor Migration, International Organization of Migration. Materi Presentasi Diskusi SUAKA: Kelompok Rentan COVID19 – PMI
- Saleh Al Ghifari, Pengacara Publik di Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Jakarta. Materi Presentasi Diskusi SUAKA: Kelompok Rentan COVID19 – Penyandang Disabilitas
Silahkan merapat ke link di bawah pada hari Rabu, 15 April 2020, mulai dari jam 15.00 sampai 16.30, untuk mengikuti diskusi dan bertanya jawab dengan para narasumber. Diskusi dibuka untuk umum, dan akan menggunakan bahasa pengantar – Bahasa Indonesia.
Diskusi dapat diikuti melalui Zoom Meeting dengan tautan https://zoom.us/j/120992931 atau dapat disimak live melalui Official Channel Youtube Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Jakarta
This book was a project developed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (IASC MHPSS RG). The project was supported by global, regional and country based experts from Member Agencies of the IASC MHPSS RG, in addition to parents, caregivers, teachers and children in 104 countries. A global survey was distributed in Arabic, English, Italian, French and Spanish to assess children’s mental health and psychosocial needs during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The e-book can be downloaded, by clicking here: My Hero is You, how kids can fight COVID-19
A framework of topics to be addressed through the story was developed using the survey results. The book was shared through storytelling to children in several countries affected by COVID-19. Feedback from children, parents and caregivers was then used to review and update the story.
Over 1,700 children, parents, caregivers and teachers from around the world took the time to share with us how they were coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. A big thank you to these children, their parents, caregivers and teachers for completing our surveys and influencing this story. This is a story developed for and by children around the world.
This IASC MHPSS RG acknowledge Helen Patuck for writing the story script and illustrating this book.
©IASC, 2020. This publication was published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 IGO license (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/igo). Under the terms of this license, you may reproduce, translate and adapt this Work for non-commercial purposes, provided the Work is appropriately cited.
Coronavirus and Refugee
Written by Julio Achmadi. Member of SUAKA, Coordinator of Legal Empowerment.
“At least 34 of the 114 countries affected by coronavirus outbreak are hosts to refugee populations, including Indonesia. Based on UNHCR Indonesia’s statistics in November 2019, Indonesia is a host of 13,693 asylum seekers and refugees (ASR), 28% of which are children and 2% elderly. ASR community in Indonesia is one of the most vulnerable, if not the most, to coronavirus.
Their vulnerability level is much higher due to their handicaps living in Indonesia. There are very limited resources allocated by the government for ASR community in general, there’s no protection of basic rights by the law, and no dissemination from the government on the virus outbreak to the ASR community.
ASR in Indonesia also face a problem in understanding actual situation on coronavirus because of the language barrier, thus violating their right to access to information. With no right to work, ASR communities in Indonesia might not be able to afford nutritional foods and sanitary products to protect them from the infectious disease. As of now, ASR community and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have been doing the work in translating information on coronavirus from various sources of languages to the ones understandable by refugees.”
Read the full article to see what types of solution that can be offered, short and long term, by following this link: https://en.tempo.co/read/1326578/coronavirus-and-refugee