Cambodia invites Burma’s Defense Minister Hunta to the ASEAN Summit


Cambodia has invited Burma’s Defense Minister Hunta to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, but hundreds of human rights groups have banned him from attending due to atrocities against Hunta’s civilians.

General Nem Sowas, Director General of Policy and Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense of Cambodia, said on June 17 that all ASEAN Defense Ministers were invited to the meeting on June 22.

This includes General Mya Tung Wu, Minister of Defense of the Burmese administration faced. U.S. sanctions For his role in expelling the elected government led by Burmese media The Irrawaddy’s Aung San Suu Kyi report..

“We said that ASEAN is 10 because we are the chair of this year, so we need to invite all ASEAN members. There is also consensus from eight ASEAN countries,” Sowath told reporters. ..

Despite the demands of 677 regional and international civil society organizations that Mya to Wu is banned from attending the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting because of his role in the junta’s ongoing atrocities crime committee. No decision was made.

and letter To the ASEAN Defense Minister, the group’s invitation of Mya to Wu to the ASEAN Defense Ministers’Meeting (ADMM) “contradictions” with Brock’s previous resolution prohibiting Hunta’s political representatives from attending the meeting. I will do it. “

“By allowing Hunta to participate in ADMM, ASEAN will contribute to Hunta’s atrocities by providing support and legitimacy to the military and encouraging troops conducting national terrorist campaigns. It raises the risk even further, “they said.

At least 700,000 people have been forcibly expelled since the junta took power in the February 1, 2021 coup. As a result of protests by the anti-military government, the military killed more than 1,900 people and arbitrarily arrested 14,000.

“As Defense Minister of ASEAN, we urge you not to invite Mya Tun Oo from ADMM and all future meetings. We will work with the National Unity Government of Myanmar as the legitimate government of Myanmar to bring the crisis to Myanmar. Try to solve it. “

Cambodia is currently chairing ASEAN in 10 member countries. Brock has adopted a five-point consensus as a measure designed to restore democracy in Burma (also known as Myanmar).

In January, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen met with military leader General Min Aung Hlaing as he proceeded with his trip to Burma and was asked by several human rights groups to cancel his trip.

Citing five consensus on Burma, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights said: twitter Hun Sen’s move to meet the junta “damages ASEAN’s credibility” and threatens efforts to restore the country’s democracy.

The 10 member countries of ASEAN include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Aldograph Redley


Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer featuring the Epoch Times Asia Pacific News.