Rights Groups Put Pressure On ASEAN To Expel Myanmar From Organization

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), an economic-trade alliance of ten Asian countries including Myanmar, is under pressure from human rights groups to expel the country from the trade alliance and invalidate the coup leader’s legitimacy.
ASEAN is holding a summit on Saturday, April 24th, 2021.
One of the seven heads of state expected at the summit is Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who led the successful coup on February 1st. Thailand and the Philippines will only send their foreign ministers.
ASEAN members are Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Indonesia (host of the summit), Cambodia, Brunei, Myanmar, Thailand, and the Philippines.
There was a meeting in the first global effort to address the Maynmar crisis. The Myanmar military has killed about 700 people since the coup.
At the summit, ASEAN will be tested. In the past, ASEAN did not interfere in the internal affairs of a member.
According to UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarris, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has also pressed ASEAN leaders to stop the crisis from escalating and there may be a humanitarian crisis that goes beyond Maynmar’s borders.
As the UN spokesperson said, the UN is sending Special UN Envoy Christine Schrener Burgener to the summit. She will discuss with ASEAN leaders putting together a political solution to the Myanmar crisis.
On April 22nd, 2021, Fortify Rights believes that by inviting the coup leader Hlaing, they are ignoring the legitimate civilian leaders that were elected last year. If the coup leader doesn’t talk about ending the crisis, ASEAN should expel Myanmar.
Other human rights organizations are in agreement with Fortify Rights.
As the military has run the government intermittently since 1988, ASEAN did not ban them from the organization.

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