Aceh on alert for Rohingya refugee boats spotted in Andaman Sea

first_imgFishermen in the area have also been told to be on alert and to coordinate with security forces if they spot boats carrying refugees.“There is still no information regarding their latest location,” Miftah Cut, the secretary-general of traditional fishing community Panglima Laot, told The Jakarta Post on Saturday. He said that Panglima Laot would provide necessities for the refugees if they encountered Rohingya boats in Indonesian waters.Acehnese fisherman had previously rescued stranded Rohingya refugees in 2015.  “We actually never intended to bring them ashore. But they started swimming in the sea, so we rescued them,” Miftah said.In 2018, five Rohingya stranded at sea for almost three weeks were rescued by Indonesian fishermen but several others died during the ordeal.Rima Shah Putra, the director of the Geutanyoe Foundation, a local refugee assistance organization, urged all stakeholders to safeguard the rights of refugees, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.“It is still unclear whether the refugees will land in Aceh or Malaysia. However, the government should not use fear about the COVID-19 pandemic to dismiss the asylum seekers,” Rima said.Amnesty International Indonesia and the Risalah Jakarta Forum have also called on the Indonesian government to rescue the refugees.“We urge the government of Indonesia not to refuse or push back boats carrying hundreds of people seeking safety,” said Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid said in a statement on Friday.“It is necessary for authorities in the country to allow all boats carrying refugees to safely disembark to avert a humanitarian crisis. We appreciate Indonesia’s past leadership where the authorities allowed Rohingya people to land in May 2015. This sort of effort should be continued,” he added.When asked whether Indonesia would accept the refugees if they asked to disembark on Indonesian shores, Foreign Minstry spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah said it was still a hypothetical situation.“Actually, Indonesian policy is to prevent [refugees] from [making the journey] as boat people, right from the beginning. The voyage will jeopardize the safety of anyone on the boats, even more so if there is an element of trafficking in persons,” Faizasyah said. (trn)Topics : Security forces and fishermen in Aceh are on alert for two speedboats carrying Rohingya refugees spotted in the Andaman Sea and apparently heading towards Malaysia. The head of the Aceh Police’s water and air policing unit (Ditpolairud), Sr. Comr. Jemmy Rosdiantoro, said he had been alerted of the boats by the Office of the Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister and had instructed his personnel to be on guard for the possibility that the boats would enter Acehnese waters.“From the air patrols that we have conducted, we have not yet found the boats carrying Rohingya immigrants,” he said on Friday as quoted by “We will continue air patrols for the next few days.”last_img read more

Harry Kane gives honest opinion on Spurs’ Champions League hopes following winless run

first_imgHarry Kane gives honest opinion on Spurs’ Champions League hopes following winless run Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 Mar 2019 3:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Advertisement Kane is hoping Spurs can go on and win the Champions League this season (Picture: Getty)More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘For us it was important to stop the losing streak,’ Kane added. ‘At this point it might give us a little boost with a big game in the Champions League and then Southampton.‘Over the last week we have put ourselves under pressure but we have done it in the past and every game is a big game.’Last season Spurs were knocked out of the Champions League by Juventus at the round-of-16 stage.Will Spurs finish in the top four this season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Advertisement Kane scored a penalty against Arsenal on Saturday (Picture: Getty)Harry Kane is hopeful Tottenham’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Saturday will help the club’s Champions League hopes.Spurs had suffered back-to-back defeats to Burnley and Chelsea prior to the draw against the Gunners, with a serious chance of their season derailing at the final hurdle.They have now followed these two recent defeats up with a draw against Arsenal, continuing their run of three games without a win heading into a crucial stage of the season.However, Kane believes a point against Unai Emery’s side will go a long way in their quest of finishing the campaign strongly.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It was another good derby, a passionate one, it had a bit of everything,’ Kane told the BBC. ‘In the first-half we were disappointed; we created a few chances but were not clinical enough.‘The second-half was just about fighting for the team and club and we did that and we got the goal we deserved. Towards the end of the game it went a bit crazy.’The England international also expressed his opinion that while it may only be a point in the Premier League, the performance could help them to go a long way in European competition.Spurs host Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday as they look to secure their place in the Champions League quarter-finals.last_img read more