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ASEAN rights body absent in massacre of Rohingya

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 12, 2017   /  08:05 am
ASEAN rights body absent in massacre of Rohingya Opposing rights violations: Supporters and sympathizers of the National Mandate Party's (PAN) youth wing Barisan Muda PAN stage a rally to protest the state-sponsored persecution of the Rohingya people in front of the Myanmar Embassy in Jakarta on Sept.4. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

“In the end we remember, not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” 

This quote, from an unknown source, comes to mind amid the ongoing humanitarian crisis of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar.

The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) was established in 2009, as part of ASEAN’s effort to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms as set out in the Vienna Declaration. 

The Commission was established at a time when the human rights situation in Southeast Asia had deteriorated, including through recent attacks on churches in Indonesia and Malaysia, the killing of journalists in the Philippines and the jailing of political activists and bloggers in countries such as Myanmar and Vietnam.

Its main purpose is to promote and protect the human rights and fundamental ...

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