Afghanistan refugees and asylum seekers in Indonesia trapped in ‘limbo’ for several years and their cases are not handled by the United Nations. About two years ago, these refugees launched a large-scale demonstration in Indonesia and social networks, in which famous people such as Dawood Sarkhosh and Farhad Darya and human rights organizations accompanied them.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said that the situation of Afghanistan refugees in Indonesia will be addressed soon and asked them to end their protests. However, it seems that their problems have not been resolved and they have resumed their protests in this country recently.
Ezzatullah Ahmadi, one of the activists for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees in Indonesia, said in an exclusive interview with VOC News, that 17 Afghanistan refugees have committed suicide in Indonesia so far.
He continued that no attention has been paid by the relevant institutions and the Indonesian government to the refugees. they are in a bad situation, and a severe injustice is going on from UNHCR, IOM and the Indonesian government.
He added, in addition to legal problems, Afghanistan refugees also face serious threats from criminal organizations. Several times during the demonstration and protests, arbitrary groups and bullies beat the protestors, in which women and children were also subjected to physical violence.
He stated that the Indonesian government has told them that the government is not committed to supporting migrants because it has not signed the 1951 convention, so they have no responsibility towards immigrants.