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Jakarta Post

ASEAN struggles between need for consensus, standing by principles

  • Endy Bayuni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 6, 2021   /  03:32 am
ASEAN struggles between need for consensus, standing by principles A protester makes the three-finger salute as Myanmar migrants living in Thailand take part in a rally outside the United Nations ESCAP building in Bangkok on March 5 calling for the release of political prisoners following the military coup in their homeland. (AFP/Jack Taylor)

ASEAN has been widely criticized, perhaps unfairly, for its failure to come up with any significant initiatives to stop the violence in Myanmar, one of its members, which erupted when the military grabbed power from civilian hands in February. The violent crackdown against protesters by the military, now almost a daily occurrence, is making a complete mockery of all the humanitarian values contained in the ASEAN Charter that members have pledged to adhere. The junta obviously has no regard for the lives of its people and no respect for global public opinion, which has swiftly condemned its brutal actions. This has put the other ASEAN members in a quandary. The world is turning to ASEAN and its members to take the lead to end the violence and help restore democracy and civilian rule. This is to be expected. If anyone can make a difference to the situation on the ground in Myanmar, i...