Indonesia urges Myanmar to stop attacks on Rohingya Muslims

Refugees continue to flee amid calls for Aung San Suu Kyi to lose Nobel Peace Prize

Jakarta protest: demonstrators want the Indonesian government to help end human-rights violations in Myanmar. Photograph: Adi Weda/EPA

Jakarta protest: demonstrators want the Indonesian government to help end human-rights violations in Myanmar. Photograph: Adi Weda/EPA

 

The president of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, has sent his foreign minister to Myanmar to urge its government to halt violence against Rohingya Muslims, after a petrol bomb was thrown at the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta.

The attack, which police said caused a small fire, came in the early hours of Sunday morning against the backdrop of mounting anger in Indonesia, home to the world’s biggest Muslim population, over violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

A group of activists had protested at the embassy on Saturday, calling for the Nobel Prize committee to withdraw the Nobel Peace Prize from Myanmar’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, the state news agency Antara wrote.

Protests continued on Sunday in central Jakarta, with dozens of people calling for the Indonesian government to take an active involvement in efforts to end human-rights violations against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Relief camps in Bangladesh are meanwhile reaching full capacity as thousands of Rohingya refugees continue to flee violence. A UN Refugee Agency spokeswoman said about 73,000 people have crossed the border since violence erupted on August 25th.

Another aid official said earlier that more than 50 refugees have arrived with bullet injuries and have been moved to hospitals in Cox’s Bazar.

Refugees reaching the Bangladeshi fishing village of Shah Porir Dwip described bombs exploding and Rohingya Muslims being burnt alive in a military crackdown.

Burma’s security officials and Rohingya insurgents are accusing each other of atrocities in Rakhine state. The military has said nearly 400 people, most of them insurgents, have died in clashes following rebel attacks on security posts.

Agencies