Myanmar applies for Asean chairmanship

In a controversial move, Myanmar has applied yet again to hold the chairmanship of ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, this time in 2013.

Their 2005 application was withdrawn after widespread unrest in the country.  International human rights watchdogs are aghast at the possibility of Myanmar’s success, citing the more than 2,000 political prisoners being held without trial in the country, and the 2005 sham elections that the ruling military junta is said to have rigged.

Myanmar made a formal application request, and also broached the subject with the sitting chairman, Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.  They will forward the request to the other members, but many have proposed a fact-finding mission be sent to the country’s new administrative capital of Naypyidaw to investigate the situation there.  Myanmar has yet to acknowledge the request.

 



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In a controversial move, Myanmar has applied yet again to hold the chairmanship of ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, this time in 2013. Their 2005 application was withdrawn after widespread unrest in the country.  International human rights watchdogs are aghast at the possibility of Myanmar’s success, citing the more than 2,000 political prisoners being held without trial in the country, and the 2005 sham elections that the ruling military junta is said to have rigged. Myanmar made a formal application request, and also broached the subject with the sitting chairman, Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.  They will forward...

In a controversial move, Myanmar has applied yet again to hold the chairmanship of ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, this time in 2013.

Their 2005 application was withdrawn after widespread unrest in the country.  International human rights watchdogs are aghast at the possibility of Myanmar’s success, citing the more than 2,000 political prisoners being held without trial in the country, and the 2005 sham elections that the ruling military junta is said to have rigged.

Myanmar made a formal application request, and also broached the subject with the sitting chairman, Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.  They will forward the request to the other members, but many have proposed a fact-finding mission be sent to the country’s new administrative capital of Naypyidaw to investigate the situation there.  Myanmar has yet to acknowledge the request.

 



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