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It's time for ASEAN to break silence on Myanmar: UN expert

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, August 5, 2019   /  07:53 pm
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Chairman of the UN Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar Marzuki Darusman (second left) and UN expert Christopher Sidoti in a press conference on Monday(JP/Dian Septiari)

ASEAN's authority could potentially be undermined unless it starts addressing the political and human rights aspects of the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, a United Nations expert has warned, as a team of UN investigators uncover damning evidence that links foreign money with a military crackdown that forced out more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims. The regional response to the crisis has been "agonizingly slow" and the 10-nation bloc has not allowed for the bleak conclusions of the UN fact-finding mission to sink in, said the chairman of the investigation team, Marzuki Darusman, after his team unveiled a report on the Myanmar military's (Tatmadaw) web of economic interests on Monday. “If this stigma continues to hang over ASEAN, then I think there will be serious doubts about the whole idea of ASEAN. This is not just the governments of ASEAN that's at stake, ...