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Press Conference: ASEAN’s Role in Promoting Human Rights and Democratization in Burma

By Task Force on ASEAN and Burma  •  May 2, 2011

Burma’s independent civil society will hold a press conference to raise concerns about the lack of genuine political change since the November 2010 elections, the escalating armed conflict in Eastern Burma, and ongoing human rights violations throughout the country. Under the banner of the Task Force on ASEAN Burma (TFAB), representatives of many Burma organizations have come together to call on ASEAN to live up to its stated commitments of promoting justice and human rights. Speakers will present several concrete recommendations to ASEAN and member states to help improve the human rights situation and lack of genuine democratization in Burma.

The press conference will be held as part of the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum 2011 (ACSC/APF) being held in advance of the 18th ASEAN Summit in Jakarta. The TFAB delegation is joining 1,000 members of regional civil society to exchange ideas on a variety of important issues and present collective recommendations to ASEAN leaders and policy-makers.

When: Wednesday 4 May, 14:00-15:00
Where: Room GLORY 6, 6th Floor, Ciputra Hotel, Jalan Letnan Jenderal S. Parman, Jakarta

Following the press conference, TFAB will be holding a workshop, entitled “ASEAN People’s Responsibility to Promote Human Rights and Democratization in Burma.” The workshop will further discuss the issues of human rights and lack of democratization in Burma, as well as related regional ramifications,in orderto develop linkages and common strategies amongst regional civil society. Media are welcome to attend.

When: Thursday 4 May, 15:30-18:00
Where: Room VICTORY 2, 6th Floor, Ciputra Hotel

For interviews, please contact:

Aung Myo Min, Coordinator of the Task Force on ASEAN and Burma: +66 (0)819925293 or +62 (0) 8111770483

Khin Ohmar, Coordinator of Burma Partnership: +66 (0)818840772 or +62 (0) 8111770165

For more information or to contact other members of the Burma delegation:

Jessica Stevens, Media and Communications Officer of Burma Partnership: +66 (0)884307032 or +62 (0)821225792

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