ASEAN’S VIEW on human rights is changing ─ as seen in the last ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting hosted virtually by Vietnam from 9-12 September 2020. This could be detected in the paragraphs of the joint communique discussing the crisis in Rakhine state in Myanmar.
Human rights as an issue has drawn ASEAN attention especially since 2017 when 700,000 Muslim Rohingya fled from Myanmar’s Rakhine state to Bangladesh after a brutal Myanmar military crackdown against the Rohingya allegedly following attacks by Rohingya insurgents. It represents the clearest case of a violation of human rights by an ASEAN country today.
REMARKS BY AMBASSADOR ONG KENG YONG, FORMER SECRETARY-GENERAL OF ASEAN, CURRENT CHAIRMAN OF HUMAN RIGHTS RESOURCE CENTRE (HRRC), AND PRESENTLY IN THE S. RAJARATNAM SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (RSIS), NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY, SINGAPORE, AT THE ASEAN RESPONSIBLE & INCLUSIVE BUSINESS FORUM, ON THURSDAY 10 DECEMBER 2020, SINGAPORE. . Good morning, Singapore’s Senior Minister of State […]
The Summer Institute will be held over 1.5 days from 26-27 October in Jakarta. The first day will be focused on providing training to the participants, including discussions on strengthening the rule of law and what needs to be done at the national level to help ASEAN economic integration and improve good governance in building […]