In a joint statement released today, over 100 civil society organizations and networks across the ASEAN region have called for the release of the draft ASEAN Human Rights Declaration and the initiation of meaningful public consultations on its content.
PHNOM PENH — The ASEAN Inter Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC), while noting allegations of irregularities and widespread electoral violations, today welcomed the results of the Myanmar by-elections held on 1 April 2012 but called on ASEAN to raise the issue of ongoing violence and conflict in Myanmar’s ethnic areas during the ASEAN Summit from April 3 – 4 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The by-elections in Myanmar marks a historic phase in the country’s transition towards democracy and ANFREL-Foundation takes this opportunity to congratulate the people of Myanmar. The by-elections were extremely significant to sustain the reforms process in Myanmar and strengthen the process of democratization in the future.
A core member of the influential '88 Generation Students Group and a former political prisoner--released three months ago, Ko Ko Kyi, talked with Achara Ashayagachat how he saw the future of Myanmar in the post 1 April by-elections.
Burma/Myanmar’s workshop, along with three other workshops, was not allowed to take place at the ACSC/APF 2012. Rather, the organizers were forced to move the workshops to another location.
Paris-Bangkok, 30 March 2012. In the lead-up to the by-elections on 1 April, which are already marred by irregularities and censorship, rights groups have stressed that key benchmarks have not yet been met. The international community must press for urgent steps to meet these benchmarks and to initiate substantive reforms without delay.
BANGKOK, 22 March 2012 – The Bangkok-based Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) noted that while it is a step in the right direction, Myanmar’s decision to allow international observers comes too late, and with too many restrictions.
Legal Reforms Should Meet International Human Rights Standards (New York, March 15, 2012) – Burma’s new law on the right to peaceful assembly falls far short of international standards, Human Rights Watch said today. President Thein Sein signed the assembly law, the Law Relating to Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession, on December 2, 2011.
Amnesty International’s written statement to the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February – 23 March 2012)
Leading ASEAN MPs and members of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC) will be in Thailand on a three-day fact-finding mission from February 23-25 to raise awareness on issues surrounding migrant labour in the region, particularly of Burmese migrants in Thailand.