Southeast Asian leaders link hands for a group photo at the opening ceremony of the 34th Asean Summit in Bangkok on June 23. Photo: EPA

Rohingya Muslims need citizenship and basic rights from Myanmar and Asean should make it happen, experts say

  • The region’s leaders issued a joint statement last week but held back from making demands of Myanmar in the repatriation of Rohingya Muslims from Bangladesh
  • But Asean needs to have ‘difficult conversations’ to make their return possible, experts at a conference in Malaysia said
Topic |   Rohingya Muslims

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Southeast Asian leaders link hands for a group photo at the opening ceremony of the 34th Asean Summit in Bangkok on June 23. Photo: EPA
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The Chinese flag flies over a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang. Photo: AFP

Why Indonesia’s muted response to China’s Xinjiang Uyghur internment camps is in stark contrast to anger over Rohingya crisis

  • A new report by the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict says some Indonesians and Islamic groups see the reports of religious persecution as Western propaganda aimed at denigrating China
  • The government of President Joko Widodo is also worried that taking a more vocal stance would embolden the country’s influential Islamic right
Topic |   Xinjiang

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The Chinese flag flies over a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang. Photo: AFP
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