Collaborative Triangle of Myanmar’s Rohingya Refugee Management in Aceh: The Experience of Indonesia


About 1,600 Myanmar Rohingya refugees, who stranded on several beaches east of Aceh in 2015, produced a new mosaic of the handling of the international refugees in Indonesia. The results of the research conducted in the areas showed a unique collaboration among the Indonesian government, UNHCR, and the local Aceh community in helping the refugees. The three parties do not work individually but play a role together. The involvement of the Government of Indonesia and the local community of Aceh is based on the legal and norms of humanity, while that of UNHCR is based on universal norms and legal bases. Even though Indonesia is not a country that ratified the 1951 Refugee Convention, the country’s treatment exceeded that of those who participated in the Convention. In earnest and full responsibility, the Indonesian government and the local Aceh Community were present in handling the refugees. With its international mandate, UNHCR and IOM were also present with sincerity and responsibility.

Volume 12 | Issue 2

Pages: 3014-3025

DOI: 10.5373/JARDCS/V12I2/S20201419