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  • Published
    8th Sep, 2023

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In the recent meeting of ASEAN countries, it is indeed commendable that ASEAN took a strong stand against the oppressive actions of the Myanmar junta.

ASEAN's Strong Stand on Myanmar Crisis

  • ASEAN's firm stance on Myanmar: ASEAN, a group of 10 Southeast Asian nations, has taken a bold step by criticizing Myanmar's junta for violence and failure to implement the Five-Point Consensus.
  • The Five-Point Consensus: The Consensus aimed to address the turmoil caused by the military coup in Myanmar, which ousted the democratically elected government.
  • ASEAN's Decisive Actions: In its latest statement, ASEAN strongly condemns ongoing violence and calls on the armed forces to cease attacks on civilians. Myanmar's chairmanship for 2026 is revoked.

Escalating Pressure on Myanmar's Junta

  • National Unity Government and Ethnic Support: Myanmar's military, facing opposition from democratic forces and civil war, now confronts a National Unity Government (NUG) supported by ethnic separatist groups.
  • UN Report- Allegations of War Crimes Against Myanmar's Military: The military's actions have been criticized as war crimes, including mass executions and sexual violence, according to a UN report.
  • Humanitarian Crisis Unfolds: Over two years of conflict have displaced two million people and left 18 million in need of humanitarian aid. The military's tactics have drawn global condemnation.

ASEAN's Isolation of Myanmar Military

  • Myanmar's Increasing Isolation: While the impact of ASEAN's tough stance remains uncertain, it signifies Myanmar's growing isolation.
  • ASEAN's Role: ASEAN should use its influence over Myanmar to urge the junta to end violence and engage in dialogue.
  • Critical Path Forward: The ultimate solution to Myanmar's crises lies in the restoration of a legitimate, responsible, and responsive government.
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