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    UNHCR asked to quickly resettle Rohingyas in third country

    Facing a long stay: Detainees at an immigration
    detention centre in Belawan, North Sumatra. Photo: AP

    Jakarta Post:
    April, 9, 2013

    A number of Rohingya refugees currently living in the
    Pasar III temporary shelter on Jl.Jamin Ginting, Medan, North Sumatra, have
    asked the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to immediately
    resettle them in a third country.

    M.Habib, 43, one of Rohingya refugees in Medan, said
    on Monday that he had never made a problem out of which third country they
    would be resettled to. This issue would fully depend on the UNHCR’s policy
    because it was the only institution that had been dealing with issues
    concerning the Rohingya refugees so far, he added.

    “The most important thing for us is how we can find a
    way to not live in the temporary shelter anymore,” said Habib as quoted by
    Antara news agency.

    He said the Rohingya refugees in Medan had been living
    in the city’s temporary shelter for about two to four years. “It’s very boring
    living in the shelters for such a long period of time,” said Habib.

    He said the Rohingya refugees wanted a clearer status
    and a country that could give them a security guarantee. “It has nothing to do
    with money,” said Habib.

    No countries were willing to accept the Rohingya
    refugees, he said. “But going back to Myanmar is also not an option because our
    mothers, brothers, sisters and other family members have all died due to the
    conflict,” he went on.

    Previously, dozens of Rohingya refugees visited the
    UNHCR representative office on Jl.Babura Lama, Medan, to protest against the
    agency’s slow actions in resettling them in a third country.