50 NGOs ask ASEAN not to invite Burmese junta to its summit


Bangkok, Oct 13 (EFE) .- More than fifty Oenegés on Wednesday asked the leaders of the countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) not to invite the leader of the Burmese military junta to their annual summit at the end of the month.

“The credibility of ASEAN depends on its ability to act decisively and put an end to the relentless violence of the Army against the people of Burma,” says the letter signed by 52 Burmese and regional organizations, such as ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights. (APHR).

The prime ministers and presidents of ASEAN, which includes Burma, plan to meet telematically from October 26 for their annual meeting, the present edition of which is organized by Brunei, and which includes its main partners, including the United States, China or Australia.

“It is time for ASEAN to act firmly. This begins with denying the military junta the legitimacy it yearns for and which has been constantly rejected by the Burmese people, ”the letter emphasizes by denouncing the null cooperation of the military to solve the political and social crisis caused by the uprising.

The NGOs argue that the military government, which seized power in a coup on February 1, “despises” the five points of consensus reached in April during a special meeting of the bloc in which the self-proclaimed General Min Aung Hlaing participated. Burmese Prime Minister.

Among the pacts reached in April are: the end of violence against civilians, the sending of humanitarian aid and the construction of a dialogue that includes all parties to reach a peaceful solution.

In addition, the appointment of a special envoy and his visit to “meet with all parties.”

A meeting between the ASEAN-appointed mediator in August, Erywan Yusof, and representatives of eight political parties, was canceled at the last minute on Tuesday, in what would have been the special envoy’s first visit to Burma.

According to the Burmese media Myanmar Now, Yusof delayed the trip because the military junta rejected the request to meet with certain actors in the conflict, without specifying names.

Last week, the spokesman of the military junta, Zaw Min Tun, defended that Yusof does not meet with the ousted leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, when facing this “various judicial processes” presented after the uprising.

The letter also denounces that despite the compromise reached, the Burmese junta has continued with the harassment, arrest and murder of civilians who demonstrate in rejection of the military command.

At least 1,167 people have died as a result of the violent repression exercised by police and soldiers since the coup, who have shot to kill peaceful protesters, according to daily data published by the Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners, which also figures at almost 7,220 opponents arrested.

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