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Despite ratifying ASEAN charter on democracy and human rights, Burmese junta fears for shame and blame plus sanctions

Myanmar opposes investigative powers of ASEAN

By JIM GOMEZ (AP)

22 July 2008

SINGAPORE -Myanmar’s junta has indicated it will oppose any effort to give a Southeast Asian human rights body the power to monitor or investigate rights violations in the region, diplomats said Tuesday.

A high-level panel of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations started work Monday to set up the rights body. The panel will lay down the body’s future makeup, role and powers, which will be presented to a summit of ASEAN leaders in December.

But in a closed-door session with the panel Monday, Myanmar Foreign Minister Nyan Win said the human rights body should uphold ASEAN’s bedrock policy of noninterference in each other’s affairs, a diplomat present at the meeting told The Associated Press.

The diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak to the media.

Another diplomat who attended a separate meeting between all 10 ASEAN ministers and the panel also said Nyan Win made clear his opposition to the rights body having any monitoring authority.

Myanmar’s military government, which has been strongly criticized by Western governments and even fellow ASEAN members for its dismal human rights record, has used the bloc’s policy to parry any attempt by outsiders to intervene on behalf of human rights victims in the military-ruled nation.

It has already been decided that the rights body will not have the power to impose sanctions or seek prosecution of violators. But Myanmar’s objections, if honored, will make the body even less effective.

A majority of other ASEAN foreign ministers, led by Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand, separately told the panel that the human rights body should at least be empowered to monitor violations and offer advice to prevent such problems, said the first diplomat.

Myanmar officials were not immediately available for comment but in the past they have said the human rights body should only serve as a “consultative mechanism” and that it should not “shame and blame” any ASEAN nation.

The rights body is being set up as part of ASEAN’s proposed new charter, which seeks to make the organization rule-based.

ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan said the charter will serve as a guide to the panel drafting the terms of reference for the rights body.

“They’re going to follow the charter very, very closely _ its principle of promoting, upholding and protecting human rights,” Surin said.

The international community has condemned Myanmar’s junta for its refusal to restore democracy and release pro-democracy leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and other political detainees. ASEAN has also been criticized for not doing enough to pressure Myanmar’s military leaders.

ASEAN foreign ministers, disappointed with the Myanmar junta’s foot-dragging on democracy, expressed “deep disappointment” in a statement Sunday at the junta’s May decision to extend Suu Kyi’s detention.

ASEAN’s members are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

http://www.irrawaddy.org/article1.php?art_id=13482

Myanmar objects to monitoring powers of new ASEAN human rights body

Mike Rosen-Molina at 10:30 AM ET Tuesday, July 22, 2008

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[JURIST] Myanmar Foreign Minister Nyan Win has called for the newly-established Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) [official website] to refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of ASEAN member nations. The comments, made during a Monday meeting to organize the new ASEAN human rights committee, indicate that Myanmar [JURIST news archive] may block attempts to give the new body any authority to investigate alleged human rights violations. Other member states reportedly objected to the restrictions on the committee, which critics note already lacks authority [JURIST report] to issue sanctions against member states which violate human rights. AP has more.

Myanmar signed on [ceremony speech; JURIST report] to a new ASEAN charter Monday, despite other ASEAN members’ criticism [statement text] of the country’s human rights record and continued detention of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The charter [PDF text] was designed to create stronger economic and security ties within the region, and Article 14 establishes a body to monitor human rights in member countries. Myanmar’s inclusion in the in charter has long been controversial [JURIST report] because of its human rights record..

http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/paperchase/2008/07/myanmar-objects-to-monitoring-powers-of.php

Myanmar ratifies ASEAN pact on democracy, rights

Tuesday, July 22, 2008
AFP

SINGAPORE — Myanmar’s junta ratified a new ASEAN charter binding it to ideals of democracy and human rights Monday, as ministers urged the regime to release political prisoners including Aung San Suu Kyi.

Myanmar pledged to abide by the EU-style charter at the annual meeting of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers, which was also dominated by an armed standoff on the Thailand Cambodia border.

Under the charter, ASEAN members are committing to principles of democracy, good governance and human rights, and aim to establish a free-trade zone of more than 500 million people by 2015.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/regional%20news/2008/07/22/166577/Myanmar-ratifies.htm

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July 23, 2008 at 5:48 pm

World focus on Burma (15 July 2008)

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Amnesty’s biggest-ever Edinburgh Festival line-up announced

Amnesty International UK, UK –

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TravelVideo.tv (press release) –

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British MPs call on Govt. to investigation Mahn Sha’s assassination

Mizzima.com, India –

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Monsters and Critics.com –

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Mizzima.com, India –

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Police incompetence; multiple murderers still at large

Mizzima.com, India –

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Philadelphia Daily News, PA –

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Mizzima.com, India –

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Donated fishing equipment taken back from villagers

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

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Bush Vows to Push China to Honor Religious Freedom

Christian Post –

In his speech, Bush specifically mentioned religious freedom violators Iran, Eritrea, Sudan, North Korea, Burma, Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia. …

Support plea for repressed kingdom in the clouds

Inverness Courier, UK –

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Journeys Within Announces Plan to Continue Myanmar Help

MarketWatch –

… planning a custom tour for January 2009, including Myanmar. Journeys Within offers customized trips to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Burma and Cambodia. …

Thai ministers fear to sign ASEAN pacts after court defeats

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

BANGKOK, July 15 (TNA) – After losing several rounds of court battles in recent weeks at home, Thai Cabinet ministers say they are reluctant to sign any …

June 2008 US-EU Summit Declaration

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

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Agriculture in action

Centre Daily Times, PA –

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Htein Lin: A Moving Monument

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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A Call to Arms?

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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Thai Embassy Raises the Bar for Burmese Seeking Visas

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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CENTRE PAYS TRIBUTE TO CONSERVATIONIST

South Devon Herald Express, UK –

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VITAL CLEETHORPES WORK HELPS SAVE LIVES IN BURMA

Grimsby Evening Telegraph, UK –

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Gambari’s Burma Visit Postponed

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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Tutu renews his appeal to Anglicans to end their factionalism

Ekklesia, UK –

He is an outspoken advocate for peace, justice and human rights – with HIV/AIDS, global poverty and oppression in Burma, Zimbabwe and Tibet being among his …

Sam Donnellon: Refuse to cover the Olympics? Not for all the tea …

Philadelphia Daily News, PA –

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Lecture: Democracy, security and rule of law in Ghana

Joy Online, Ghana –

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Aid workers vital to rebuilding Burma

Radio Australia, Australia –

Burma’s military junta has been trumpeting the fact that more than 1500 international aid workers have been granted visas to the country to assist in the …

Buddhist Monks and Bloggers Band Together in Burma

OpEdNews, PA –

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Burmese artwork to be given to Pope

The Canberra Times, Australia –

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RIGHTS: Cluster Bomb Treaty’s Moral Force May Deter US

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

Right now the only country using landmines is Burma. Even countries like Israel that did not sign the landmine treaty do not use them. …

From opium to arabica

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

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Independent Catholic News, UK –

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Pope beams in Sydney

CathNews, Australia –

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Baptists Bring Comfort to Burma

Christian Post –

By Joshua Goldberg The Baptist World Alliance announced this week that groups of its volunteers, in a special partnership with the Myanmar Baptist …

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South Asian Link, Canada –

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Slate –

According to ICRC protocol (PDF), the committee can publicly denounce specific human rights breaches if four conditions are met: The violations are major …

China’s war on nature

Business Spectator, Australia –

Indeed, environmental concerns may soon replace human rights as the principal bone of contention between China and the west, now that the People’s Republic …

Bush Calls for Religious Freedom In China, Iran

Voice of America –

Mr. Bush spoke about his recent meeting in Washington with a Chinese human-rights lawyer named Li Baiguang who is a devout Protestant. …

Sf Government InAction: Is Ross Mirkarimi Captain Ahab? Is Burma a …

SF Weekly Blogs, CA –

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RIGHTS: Cluster Bomb Treaty’s Moral Force May Deter US

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

According to Marc Garlasco, a military analyst at Human Rights Watch, evolving international norms are shaping the way the US and other states are using …

BREAKING NEWS: Bush Condemns Religious Rights Abuses In Iran …

BosNewsLife, Hungary –

Bush also lashed out at Burma, also known as Myanmar, saying he remembered “especially the nation’s Buddhist monks, who have endured brutal raids on their …

Remarks by the President on the 10th Anniversary of the …

MarketWatch –

So a decade ago, members of Congress — I suspect some of the members here — and religious leaders and human rights activists came together to advance …

Burmese pilgrims overjoyed to arrive in Sydney for World Youth Day …

Catholic News Agency, CO –

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Family feels persecuted by vandalism attacks

The Dominion Post, New Zealand –

Swastikas and obscenities greeted a Myanmar (formerly Burma) family last Wednesday when they went out to use their car. The Cenhrang family found their car …

Baptists Bring Comfort to Burma

Christian Post –

… Myanmar Baptist Convention, were steadily making headway in combating the “huge unmet basic needs for the victims of the disaster†in Burma. “The …

BREAKING NEWS: Bush Condemns Religious Rights Abuses In Iran …

BosNewsLife, Hungary –

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World’s Former Only Hindu Country Opens to Christianity

Christian Post –

Missionaries from Myanmar (also known as Burma), Sri Lanka, India, and the United States also spoke. The Myanmar missionary shared about how locals saw the …