AFP:Indonesia ratifies ASEAN charter

JAKARTA (AFP) — Indonesia’s parliament on Tuesday ratified the Southeast Asian charter committing ASEAN member nations to promote democracy and human rights, clearing the way for its formal adoption before year’s end.

The country was the last member of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations to ratify the charter, which also sets out rules, transforms ASEAN into a legal entity and envisages a single free trade area by 2015.

It is now expected to be formally adopted at the regional bloc’s annual summit in Bangkok in December.

But opponents in Indonesia criticised it as a purely symbolic document with no power to bring real democratic reform to errant members like military-ruled Myanmar.

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AFP:Indonesia to ratify ASEAN charter: foreign ministry

JAKARTA (AFP) — Indonesia is to sign up to a regional charter committing Southeast Asian nations to the principles of democracy and human rights despite doubts over its implementation, an official said Wednesday.

After lengthy debate the ASEAN charter should be ratified next week, foreign ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said.

Indonesia is the last member of the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that has not ratified the charter, after the Philippines signed up on Tuesday.

ASEAN consists of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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Singapore PM calls for speedy ratification of ASEAN charter

Singapore PM calls for speedy ratification of ASEAN charter


SINGAPORE (AFP) — Singapore on Wednesday called for speedy ratification of an ASEAN charter, which requires the bloc to uphold ideals of democracy and human rights and to make legally binding commitments.

In a speech to Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) parliamentarians, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the charter was an important part of the process for ASEAN to establish a single market and manufacturing base by 2015.

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Answer ASEAN leaders, which of the following points you do not agree?

Answer ASEAN leaders,

which of the following points you do not agree?


What Western values are you afraid of ASEAN DICTATORS?


SPDC FM said that Daw Suu could be kept in detention because their law says the limit is six years.

Don’t forget that Myanmar SPDC law for MURDER, corruption and RAPE etc included jail and death sentences. So why the Depayin MASSACRE MASTERMIND Than Shwe was not arrested or jailed or punished to death.


The selective persecution is the problem. According to the ASEAN VALUES, not all the citizens are equal under the law. May be I am wrong. All the citizens are equal under the law but Military Junta and Dictators are above the law.


The main problem of the ASEAN is they have no respect for the Human Rights and also there is no RULE OF LAW. They all RULE BY LAW, of course with their own interpretation.


In conclusion there is usually NO GOOD GOVERNANCE in most of the ASEAN countries.


Answer ASEAN leaders, which of the following points you do not agree?




Article 1 Human dignity


Human dignity is inviolable. It must be respected and protected.


Article 2 Right to life


1. Everyone has the right to life.

2. No one shall be condemned to the death penalty, or executed.

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Observers doubt Myanmar on ASEAN charter pledges

SINGAPORE — Military-ruled Myanmar on Monday formally ratified the ASEAN Charter but observers doubted the junta will live up to the document’s ideals on democracy and human rights.

Foreign Minister Nyan Win presented his country’s ratification during an annual meeting of foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

In the charter, ASEAN members commit “to strengthen democracy, enhance good governance and the rule of law, and to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

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‘Confidential’, of the draft ASEAN Charter

‘Confidential’, of the draft ASEAN Charter


Prachatai has obtained a copy, marked ‘Confidential’, of the draft ASEAN Charter which we present here.   

This document, which has been in the drafting process for 2 years, is supposedly for the benefit of the citizens of all ASEAN countries.  Yet public participation in drafting the charter has been virtually zero and the plan is for the document to remain secret until it is signed into force by all member countries at the ASEAN summit in Singapore on 20 November. 

The draft charter has been submitted today to the National Legislative Assembly, in accordance with Article 190 of the 2007 Constitution which requires that all foreign treaties receive parliamentary approval.  It is highly unusual for a parliament in a democracy to deliberate on a document that is a secret to its own people. 

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