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ASEAN's Myanmar parliamentary caucus denounces Yangon junta

[b]ASEAN's Myanmar parliamentary caucus denounces Yangon junta for HR violation.[/b]

By M Rama Rao - in New Delhi

[b]New Delhi, 08 December, (Asiantribune.com):[/b] The Myanmar caucus of ASEAN inter-parliamentary forum has denounced the Yangon junta for persistent gross and systematic human rights abuses and refusal to engage in meaningful democratic reforms.

Meeting at Kuala Lumpur, the Parliamentarians from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and South Korea have also voiced concern that the junta was suppressing the rights of ethnic nationality communities and human rights defenders.

In their view the road map to democracy prepared by the Junta and their plans to hold a National Convention to draft a new constitution lack legitimacy in 'the absence of democratic processes and the exclusion of nine political parties representing 91% of parliamentary seats'.

The conference has also voiced its disappointment that State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), as the military junta styles itself has not yet implemented its public commitments to ASEAN members. "The junta had agreed to ensure political change but has been regressing on this commitment for the past 12 months".

"Bad governance coupled with increased narcotics production, spread of diseases including HIV/AIDS, human trafficking and mass exoduses pose a serious threat to regional and international security" the caucus members said in a resolution at the end of their two-day deliberations.

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