ASEAN must enforce charter for stupid Myanmar Generals

Usman Hamid

We support the United Nations’ initiatives to improve the current situation in Burma (Myanmar) with regard to human rights issues. However, the UN’s special envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari has not achieved maximum results.

What can ASEAN do to help smooth the process?

On Tuesday, March 4, Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda spoke before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Hassan made it clear the council should increase cooperation and dialogue with Burma in an effort to develop and protect human rights. Continue reading

Myanmar blocks ASEAN move for EU-style alliance

Myanmar blocks ASEAN move for EU-style alliance

SINGAPORE: Southeast Asian leaders adopted a landmark charter on Tuesday that seeks to promote free trade and human rights, but their vision to create an integrated, EU-style bloc was marred by Myanmar’s snub to democracy.

In a diplomatic bungle, the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) also abruptly withdrew an invitation to UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari to address Asian leaders after Myanmar objected.
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Human Rights

Human Rights

Posted by narcisuss ,

Another frivolous blog.. 

What is it that makes human rights ‘right’? This question keeps popping up in my head. And is it ever ok to violate them?

Can it be said that we have recognized the necessity of rights through the evidence supplied by history of what happens when certain principles are not adheared to and what happens when we do.

 Maybe human rights are simply those principles, that when adheared to, avoid certain negative outcomes that we dont like and produce outcomes that we do like. That there is nothing ‘inherently’ right about them except that they produce results that are universally appreciated (or unappreciated when ignored) by the people that experience them.

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Arroyo underscores need to pass ASEAN charter

MANILA, Philippines – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Thursday stressed the need to pass the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) charter, saying this will allow ASEAN members to cope with the demands of globalization.

“Certainly, economic integration among Asian nations is imperative if we, as a region, are to take advantage of the expanding global trade and economic opportunities,” she told members of the diplomatic community in a dinner commemorating the country’s independence from Spain. Continue reading

Creating ASEAN rights body not easy: Singapore


SINGAPORE – Creating a human rights body for ASEAN will not be easy and must have support from all the bloc’s members, a Singapore cabinet minister said Thursday.

“Let us have no illusions that the road ahead will be easy,” Raymond Lim said in a speech to regional civil society groups and government representatives who met to discuss rights.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has often been criticized for failing to act firmly against its member Myanmar, whose refusal to shift towards democracy has frequently embarrassed its neighbors. Continue reading

Experts: All members should be included in ASEAN human rights body

SINGAPORE, June 13 (Xinhua) — Most participants from the two-day workshop of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) said here on Friday that all the 10-members, including Myanmar, should be included in a future human rights body for the regional organization.

    Simon Tay, chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, said most people felt that it would be better if all countries could be part of the future human rights body. Continue reading

Asean’s human rights divide

 Nazry Bahrawi

IT IS no secret the 10 members of the A:ssociation of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) aredivided over the issue of human rights. But it was only yesterday that a clearer picture of the rift emerged, thanks to a “frank” account given by veteran diplomat Professor Tommy Koh.

According to him, Asean is divided into two camps: One which champions human rights and the other, not as enthusiastic about it. Continue reading