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Jakarta Post

ASEAN human rights body: Will it have an impact on Myanmar's junta?

  • Djoko Susilo

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 10 2008   /  10:51 am

Almost a year ago, at a meeting of parliamentarians of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, I urged the ASEAN states to freeze Myanmar's membership from the 10-member grouping since there had been no serious political will to implement democracy and protect human rights, such as by releasing its jailed political opponents -- especially Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from her house detention. Last year's incidents in Myanmar proved that such a call is indeed still valid and it will still be valid until the domestic situation in that country moves toward democracy. The violent crackdown and the junta's brutality against the peaceful demonstrations of the Buddhist monks -- who were supported by the Myanmarese people -- were well documented and widely known throughout the international community, yet the junta recently tried to fool the world by announcing a so-called general el...