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ASEAN pressured to abandon noninterference in Myanmar

Police arrest Myanmar Now journalist Kay Zon Nwe in Yangon on February 27, 2021, as protesters were taking part in a demonstration against the military coup. (Agence France Presse/Ye Aung Thu)
Dian Septiari (The Jakarta Post)
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Jakarta   ●   Fri, March 19 2021

Prominent Southeast Asian politicians are urging their governments to cast aside ASEAN’s non-interference principle and consider suspending Myanmar’s membership in the bloc as frustration grows over the limited options for regional responses to the country’s violent political crisis.

Figures from six ASEAN member states said in a joint statement on Wednesday that ASEAN governments had failed to address the crisis that had been unfolding in Myanmar since the Feb. 1 military coup, which had led to over 200 deaths and the arbitrary arrests of more than 2,000 people.

The politicians, who included exiled Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy, former Thai foreign minister Kasit Piromya, Indonesian lawmaker Fadli Zon and Malaysian political heavyweight Anwar Ibrahim, said ASEAN governments were being held back by their self-imposed doctrine of non-inter...

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