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Jakarta Post

ASEAN must act on the crisis in Myanmar

Reunion: Relatives gather around a bus carrying prisoners to be released outside Insein Prison in Yangon on Saturday, as thousands of inmates were freed nationwide to mark the country's traditional Buddhist New Year holiday. (AFP/Stringer)
Eric Paulsen
Kuala Lumpur   ●   Mon, April 19 2021

Almost three months on since the coup d’état on Feb. 1, the international community, including the UN Security Council (UNSC), have still not been able to influence the Myanmar military, known as the Tatmadaw, to change its course. Statements of condemnation and sanctions imposed by the West, without stronger UNSC measures, have not had the desired effect on the military.

In the November 2020 election, prior to the coup, the political party backed by the military lost by a landslide to the National League for Democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi. The Myanmar people voted decisively against military rule. Despite the violent crackdown against demonstrations and the civil disobedience movement, there are no signs that any sides are backing down.

The situation looks increasingly grim as the Tatmadaw escalates its brutal campaign by shooting to kill and using...

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