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Jakarta Post

[INSIGHT] To ASEAN: Support the elected government, not the military junta

  • Aung Thiha

    The Jakarta Post

Kuala Lumpur   /   Tue, March 2, 2021   /  02:03 am
[INSIGHT] To ASEAN: Support the elected government, not the military junta A group of protesting engineers hold up signs calling for the release of detained Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a demonstration against the military coup in Naypyidaw on Feb. 15. (Agence France Presse/Str)

ASEAN’s go-to phrase in its usual nonresponse to human rights violations in Myanmar has been that their hands are tied due to their policy of noninterference in Myanmar’s sovereignty. Recently on Feb. 12, the Philippines used this very argument to distance itself from the United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution. In truth, this statement does not hold water in the current situation.  Sovereignty does not come from some thugs with guns storming the president’s office. Sovereignty ultimately stems from the mandate of the people. On Nov. 8, 2020, the people of Myanmar clearly expressed their will by overwhelmingly voting for the National League for Democracy (NLD), which won 83 percent of available seats. This is where our sovereignty lays, on the principle of parliamentary sovereignty. Unlike pre-2015 situations, we now have an elected government and a...