ASEAN is correct in condemning the Myanmar junta for its sustained and systematic uses of violence against civilians. It is also a step in the right direction for the bloc to not let such vile regime chair it in 2026. However, the cardinal problem is the group’s utter impotence to do anything to end the violence against civilians including air strikes. ASEAN needs to acknowledge three things:
- First, the terrorist character of Myanmar military and the coup regime which weaponizes a national military against its own population:
- Second, it needs to bin its 5-point consensus which has proven a complete failure; and
- Third, the impossibility of overcoming its internal divisions among autocratic regimes and more liberal regimes.
One avenue of action still open to ASEAN is for Indonesia as chair to use its position to officially designate Myanmar junta as a terrorist organization. That would create a new policy narrative around Myanmar both within the group and internationally.
— APHR (@ASEANMP) September 6, 2023
Malaysia has called for “strong” measures against Myanmar’s generals, saying “obstacles” they created have blocked the implementation of a plan to restore peace more than two years since the military seized power in a coup. https://t.co/StsOYWlqmW
— Ro Nay San Lwin (@nslwin) September 5, 2023
ASEAN is meeting again and still has yet to exert tough pressure including financial sanctions on the Myanmar military junta to get it to stop its atrocities against the people of Myanmar. https://t.co/quvKj3mcZc
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) September 5, 2023