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February 27, 2018

14 Myanmar Fishermen return from Indonesia’s Ambon Island

Myanmar fishermen are seen on arrival at Yangon International Airport. Photo: Zaw Gyi (Panita)
Myanmar fishermen are seen on arrival at Yangon International Airport. Photo: Zaw Gyi (Panita)

FOURTEEN Myanmar fishermen rescued from Indonesia’s Ambon Island arrived back Yangon on Friday evening.
“They experienced many obstacles in Indonesia. Some of them did not receive payment. We will investigate whether they were trafficked to Indonesia. If so, we will expose the human traffickers responsible, and will try to get compensation for their grievances,” said Police Col Ye Win Aung of the Yangon Region Anti-trafficking Police Force, one of the officials who welcomed the fishermen at the Yangon International Airport. The fourteen were welcomed by authorities from the Central Committee for prevention against Human Trafficking, the Anti-Human Trafficking Police Force, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and by officials from IOM.
The fishermen were certified as Myanmar citizens by Myanmar officials during their stay in Indonesia and returned home with the help of the Myanmar Embassy in Indonesia and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
It has been learned that the fishermen are from Yangon, Magway, Tanintharyi, Bago and Ayeyawady regions as well as Kachin. Their citizenship was confirmed by the Immigration and National Registration Department and Population Department.
The authorities have arranged to issue citizenship cards to the fishermen and to help them find jobs. They are currently staying at a training school of  the Social Welfare Department, Kyaik Wine Pagoda Road, Mayangone Township, Yangon Division before they are returned home.
In 2015 there were in total 24 batches of repatriated fishermen equaling 1,010 persons from Indonesia. There have been 3 batches equaling a total of 42 persons repatriated so far in 2016.


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