A refugee yells in protest in front of the UNHCR office on Jalan Kebon Sirih in Central Jakarta on Wednesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

UN Refugee Agency Faces More Protest From Refugees and Asylum Seekers

BY : YUDHA BASKORO

AUGUST 08, 2019

Around 50 refugees and asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan, most of whom were single with no family of their own, protested in front of the UN Refugee Agency headquarters on Jalan Kebon Sirih in Central Jakarta on Wednesday.

Their main demand was for the UNHCR to grant asylum to 500 single asylum seekers who are currently stranded in Jakarta. Many of them have spent seven years in transit in Indonesia without ever receiving any clarity on their asylum applications. Now they fear that their resettlement applications have been shunted to the backburner because they have no family to support. 

The demonstrators shouted slogans, sang protest songs and brandished posters demanding that their voices be heard by the UNHCR.

Some of the posters expressed their gratitude for the Indonesian people who were kind enough to accept and help them during their long wait in the country. 

The protesters demand that the UNHCR immediately provide certainty of departure for those who have lived too long in Indonesia. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Single refugees fear their fates are even more uncertain than refugees with families. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Refugees and asylum seekers carry a placard about their brothers who decided to commit suicide because they could not live stranded for a long time. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Posters showing photos of refugees and asylum seekers who have committed suicide during their long years in transit. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A refugee from Afghanistan almost cried when protesting in front of the UNHCR building at Central Jakarta on Wednesday (07/08) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A refugee from Afghanistan cries in front of the UNHCR headquarters. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
UNHCR representative gives an explanation to the demonstrators (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
UNHCR representatives face the demonstrators. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A refugee who is still single demand that the UNHCR to immediately prioritize them get their proper rights. ( JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
One of the single refugees among the demonstrators. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
50 refugees from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan held a protest in front of the UNHCR office at Central Jakarta on Wednesday (07/08) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The 50-strong demonstration is made up of refugees and asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A child refugee participates in protest and brings placard that said '6 years in Indonesia We are tired' (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A refugee boy joins the demonstration. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
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A poster thanking the Indonesian government and its people for taking care of the refugees during their long transit. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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