Despite protests from human rights groups, Cambodia’s Hun Sen holds bilateral meetings with Burmese troops

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen arrived in Burma on Friday prior to a bilateral meeting with a military government that expelled the elected government led by Aung San Suu Kyi in last year’s coup. ..

Hun Sen, at the invitation of military leader General Min Aung Hlaing, came to Burma for a meeting on “bilateral and multilateral cooperation and recent developments in ASEAN,” Cambodia said. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: statement January 5th.

With a two-day visit starting January 7, Hun Sen became the first foreign leader to visit Burma (also known as Myanmar) since the junta took power last year.

However, the junta did not allow Hun Sen to meet with detained Aung San Suu Kyi and other democratically elected leaders for the legal accusation of Radio Free Asia. .. report, It quotes a spokesman for the military government.

The Burmese Political Prisoner Support Association As of January 6, about 1,500 people were reported dead and 11,369 were detained in Burma, adding that the actual number of deaths could be “much higher.”

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said last month that the village was burned in Burma and received “multiple reports” of unarmed protesters colliding with military vehicles.

Some human rights groups have urged Hun Sen to cancel his trip to Burma, citing Cambodia’s role as the current chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which has led Burma’s diplomatic efforts.

ASEAN has also adopted five consensus (pdf) About Burma, including ending violence in Burma, promoting constructive dialogue with all involved, dispatching humanitarian aid to Burma, and visiting Burma by ASEAN delegations to assess the situation.

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

Emarin Gil, Amnesty International’s regional director of research, also called on Hun Sen to cancel his visit and prioritize “human rights actions over empty gestures.”

Gil said Hun Sen’s “illegal diplomacy” could send a “mixed message” to military leader Min Aung Hlaing, who was blocked from attending the ASEAN conference.

“If Hun Sen really wants to help, he needs to cancel this trip, lead ASEAN to strong action, and deal with the country’s dire human rights situation. Gil statement..

Indonesian President Joko Widodo called Hung Seng on January 5, and Burma will only be represented by the “non-political level” at the ASEAN Conference if the junta makes no progress in the ASEAN five-point agreement. He said he should. ..

“We talked about development in Myanmar. We clearly reiterated Indonesia’s position on the importance of implementing a five-point agreement to restore democracy to Myanmar through a comprehensive dialogue,” said Joko. twitter..

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