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Over 100 ASEAN Legislators Petition for Tough Action on Myanmar’s Regime

By Asean Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus  •  April 7, 2010

The ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC) has today communicated a message from lawmakers in the ASEAN region to ASEAN leaders attending the 16th ASEAN Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam to urgently take tough action on Myanmar’s military regime should its negotiations and engagement to obtain a clear and tangible commitment for a free and fair elections in the country fails.

105 Members of Parliament from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Cambodia, and Singapore endorsed a petition urging discussion and robust action on the issue of Myanmar. It calls on the Summit to urgently discuss the dire need for actionable and meaningful solutions to the political and human rights problems currently plaguing Myanmar.

In light of the recently announced biased laws governing Myanmar’s upcoming election, the petitioners have voiced their grave concern over the expected 2010 general elections in Myanmar and the petitioners urge Vietnam, as the current ASEAN Chair, to raise and solve the issue of Myanmar’s failure to assure free, fair and inclusive elections in the country.

The 16th ASEAN Summit offers an opportunity for ASEAN’s leaders to bring about a new approach on the issue and therefore the petitioners call on ASEAN to consider significant action, including suspension, against Myanmar should it fail to honor its commitments as a signatory to the ASEAN Charter and insist on maintaining its one-sided nature of the planned elections.

For more information call +603-7984 7318, +603-7980 1393 or email: info@aseanmp.org

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