torsdag 18. mars 2021

Southeast Asian Politicians: ASEAN Must Sanction Myanmar if Military Doesn't Budge

Six prominent Southeast Asian politicians on Wednesday urged the region’s nations to impose sanctions on Myanmar if the military government there doesn’t free political prisoners, restore the elected government it toppled in a coup last month, and prosecute those responsible for killing civilian protesters.

In a strongly worded statement, the politicians criticized the “impotence” of the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) and demanded the bloc discard its non-interference principle, because, they believed, it was an obstacle to ensuring democracy and protecting people’s rights in the region. All “ASEAN governments must unite and send an unequivocal message to the Myanmar military junta to immediately free all political prisoners, to restore the political situation in Myanmar to that prior to the 1st February 2021 coup and to respect the people’s votes in the November 2020 general election,” the politicians’ statement said.

They also demanded that all those responsible “for the killing of innocent people” in Myanmar – an ASEAN member – be brought to justice. “Failing which, all other ASEAN governments must unite and suspend Myanmar’s membership of ASEAN and thereafter impose targeted trade and economic sanctions against the military junta and their associates,” the statement said.