(This article will be updated continuously to reflect current situation)
The situation with Coronavirus, known also as SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19, in Indonesia is escalating very quickly.
The government already issue nationwide awareness for prevention and mitigation. WHO also already declared this case as a pandemic earlier today. Calling COVID-19 a pandemic does not mean that it has become more deadly, it is an acknowledgment of its global spread.
SUAKA asks the refugee community not to be panic. The virus transmission is preventable and can be managed through practicing personal hygiene, such as hand-washing, avoid face-touching, and follow good cough and sneeze etiquette. If you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, you should go to the doctor.
Don’t believe hoaxes on the internet, always double-check news or chain text messages shared on social media or messaging application (whatsapp/line/viber etc) THROUGH a reliable news source.
Who is conducting this study?
- The Refugee Trauma and Recovery Program, from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, is working with HOST International, SUAKA and Universitas Gadjah Mada to conduct this study.
Why is the study important?
- We want to learn about the experiences of refugees, and what kinds of things affect their wellbeing.
- This will help us understand how refugees cope in their everyday life.
- This knowledge will help to provide better support for refugees in a similar situation around the world.
Who can take part in this study?
- Refugee and asylum-seeker adults (18 years +), who are eligible to participate.
- As the surveys are on-line, you can take part in this study no matter where you live, as long as you have access to the internet. The surveys are in English, Arabic, Farsi, Dari, and Somali.
- To take part in this study, you will need an email address. If you do not have an email address, you can get one here: (Gmail registration) One person can only use one email address.
What does the study involve?
- First, we will ask you to register your interest in participating in this study, on our website.
- Second, we will check if you are eligible to participate.
- If you are eligible, and you agree to participate in the study, we will invite you to complete an online survey 4 times over 18 months.
- The questions are about yourself, your experiences, your thoughts and feelings, and about the relationships you have with other people.
- Each survey takes about one hour to complete.
- To thank you for sharing your experiences, we will reimburse eligible participants for your time with an Indomaret voucher worth IDR 100,000 after you complete each survey.
What will happen to the information you collect from me?
- All information provided by participants is highly confidential and is only accessed by the
- Only the UNSW research team and the HOST International Research Coordinator will have access to your personal information (e.g. contact details), so we can contact you for future time points.
- Your information will not be shared with any service providers, UNHCR, or any
- These details will be stored separately from your survey responses.
- Participating in this study will not affect the UNHCR process and the resettlement process.
- You can choose to receive regular updates about the study in your own language.
Follow this link to register: www.rtrp-research.com/pathways-to-refugee-wellbeing-indonesia
Refugees in Indonesia have staged many rallies this year. The street hosting the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Indonesia, Jl. Kebon Sirih in Central Jakarta, was filled with refugees, requesting protection and a solution to their situation living in limbo for years, particularly from June to August.
Refugee migration is increasing worldwide as a result of civil wars and internal conflicts in various parts of the world. The UN estimates that as of last June, Indonesia had been a host to almost 14,000 refugees and asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Myanmar, Sudan, etc.
Indonesia has a responsibility as a state in providing protection for refugees and asylum seekers. Indonesia is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol. However, is being signatory to the aforementioned conventions the only pre-requisite for a state in providing protection for refugees in Indonesia?
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Menurut Perserikatan Bangsa-Bangsa (PBB) mengenai Konvensi tahun 1951 tentang Status Pengungsi (Konvensi Pengungsi), definisi Pengungsi adalah:
“Seseorang yang karena ketakutan (yang beralasan) akan dianiaya dikarenakan oleh ras, agama, kebangsaan, keanggotaan pada kelompok sosial tertentu atau karena pendapat politiknya dan berada di luar negaranya dan tidak dapat atau, karena kecemasan tersebut tidak mampu mengupayakan perlindungan dari negaranya atau mereka yang tidak memiliki kewarganegaraan dan berada di luar negara bekas tempat tinggalnya sebagai akibat dari alasan-alasan di atas, tidak dapat atau karena ketakutan tersebut, dia tidak dapat (tidak mau) kembali ke negaranya.” (Pasal 1A)
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Ada sekitar 13.000 pengungsi dan pencari suaka di Indonesia. Indonesia belum menjadi peserta Konvensi 1951 yang terkait dengan Keadaan Pengungsi (Konvensi Pengungsi) atau Protokol 1967. Para pengungsi dan pencari suaka (dan orang yang tidak bernegara) di Indonesia mengalami kesulitan untuk tinggal di negara ini. Mereka tidak mempunyai izin bekerja, dan tidak menerima bantuan sosial dari pemerintah Indonesia. Pemerintah Indonesia memperbolehkan para pengungsi dan pencari suaka tersebut untuk tinggal di Indonesia selama mereka memiliki dokumen-dokumen pendaftaran dari Kantor Perserikatan Bangsa-Bangsa Komisaris Tinggi untuk Pengungsi (UNHCR). Read more