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Postpone Visits to Doctors during COVID-19 Pandemic

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Do doctors’ appointments count as essential? Some appointments ― like a medical checkup or perhaps a dental cleaning ― you may be able to postpone, but what about vital screenings or monthly checkups for health conditions?

If it’s a nonessential visit to a doctor or dentist, reschedule it.

For elderly patients or those with significant medical conditions that limit their reserve, the most prudent advice at this time is to call the physician’s office and follow his/her advice

We need to “be responsible” to free up hospital beds and space.

Don’t go to the doctor’s office or the emergency room without calling ahead.
The coronavirus is highly contagious, and doctors want to protect themselves and their other patients from infection.
People who don’t have a doctor should call their local healthcare facilities to discuss symptoms.

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Coronavirus and Refugee

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

‘Impossible to self-isolate,’ Refugees in Indonesia Fear Coronavirus Outbreak

COMMENT: ‘Impossible to self-isolate,’ Refugees in Indonesia fear coronavirus outbreak.

Written by JN Joniad.

He is a Rohingya refugee living in Indonesia after attempting to flee Myanmar for Australia in 2013. He is now witnessing Indonesia’s large refugee and asylum seeker population battle with the coronavirus pandemic.

“For thousands of refugees and asylum seekers in Indonesia, it is impossible to keep any social distance.

There are over 14,000 refugees and asylum seekers living in limbo in Indonesia, with thousands having fled their country to seek refuge in Australia, only to be stranded there in transit. They are now at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19.  

In Jakarta, many refugees and asylum seekers share rooms and cramped apartments. Those in International Organisation for Migration (IOM) accommodation and camps live in overcrowded conditions. 

It is almost impossible for them to practice social distancing. With no basic rights to work, travel and use public health services, refugees and asylum seekers are further marginalised and the most vulnerable to the spread of coronavirus. “

Read the full article in https://www.sbs.com.au/news/dateline/comment-impossible-to-self-isolate-refugees-in-indonesia-fear-coronavirus-outbreak

Disclaimer: The views, information, or opinions expressed in the article above are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent official views nor stance those of Perkumpulan SUAKA members. SUAKA is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy any of the information contained in the article above. The primary purpose of sharing the article above is to inform and provide alternative perspectives, with the end goal to provide comprehensive and holistic solutions for refugee rights protection.

Rilis Pers SUAKA: Reputasi Indonesia Di Ambang Batas

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Jakarta, Indonesia –Sebuah kapal yang mengangkut empat puluh empat penumpang terapung-apung di perairan Lhoknga, Aceh Besar. Perahu ini bernomor registrasi TN-1-FV-00455.09, yang menurut BBC India, mengisyaratkan bahwa kapal ini berasal dari daerah Tamil Nadu, India.

Kapal ini merupakan kapal yang mengangkut pengungsi etnis Tamil asal Sri Lanka. Sementara itu, tujuan asli para pengungsi ini adalah Pulau Christmas, Australia. Kapal yang mereka tumpangi terpaksa harus berhenti di Lhoknga karena kerusakan pada mesin kapal dan habisnya bahan bakar untuk melanjutkan perjalanan. Meskipun pada kesempatan pertama kapal berhasil dilayarkan dengan bantuan pemerintah dan warga setempat, namun nahas, kapal tersebut kembali mengalami kerusakan dan terdampar di titik yang sama.

‘SUAKA mengapresiasi tindakan yang diambil baik pemerintah pusat maupun daerah yang akhirnya mengijinkan perahu itu merapat ke daratan,’ ujar Febi Yonesta, Ketua SUAKA.

Sebelumnya, perahu tersebut sempat ditolak untuk merapat oleh pemerintah setempat melalui Komandan Rayon Militer (Danramil) Lhoknga Darul Amin. Ia mengatakan bahwa para pengungsi ini tidak diijinkan untuk merapat ke daratan serta ditutup akses untuk ditemui oleh orang lain.

‘SUAKA memperoleh informasi dari lapangan bahwa kondisi mereka sangat perlu untuk diperhatikan,’ lanjutnya. Ia kemudian mengatakan bahwa satu dari para pengungsi tersebut adalah ibu hamil dan sembilan diantaranya adalah anak-anak. ‘Tentunya dua kelompok ini harus diperhatikan dengan seksama, jangan sampai Indonesia melanggar HAM karena membiarkan mereka terapung-apung tanpa perawatan,’ lanjutnya.

SUAKA juga memperhatikan pentingnya akses seluas-luasnya kepada UNHCR untuk dapat mewawancara langsung para pengungsi ini, karena fungsi UNHCR dapat membantu otoritas untuk melegitimasi keberadaan mereka.

Melihat kembali respon positif pemerintah pada gelombang besar pengungsi Rohingya pada Mei 2015, dan menilik deklarasi Bali Process tahun 2016, maka Indonesia juga dapat mengambil berperan penting dalam melakukan komunikasi dan penyelesaian masalah dari akarnya yaitu konflik bersenjata yang berkepanjangan di Sri Lanka. Hal ini juga dipandang oleh SUAKA sebagai manifestasi Indonesia dalam melaksanakan ketertiban dunia dan perdamaian abadi, sesuai dengan Pembukaan UUD ‘45.

‘Jika Indonesia menangani dengan baik pengungsi Tamil, maka hal tersebut juga akan mengikis stigma yang diterima oleh Indonesia tentang diskriminasi penanganan pengungsi karena basis agama,’ imbuh Febi.

‘Oleh karenanya menjadi penting bagi Indonesia, mengingat reputasi yang sudah dibangun atas krisis Rohingya di tahun 2015, untuk menerima mereka dengan positif, konstruktif, non-diskriminatif dan dengan tangan terbuka,’ tutupnya.*

How to Prepare Your RSD Interview (2)

The purpose of the interview is for the UNHCR to decide if you are a refugee under the 1951 Convention or the extended mandate definition. Here’s some suggestion that you may take in order to prepare your interview with UNHCR; Read more