Singapore calls on Burma to release all political detainees

On the anniversary of the military coup in Burma, also known as Myanmar, Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) adhered to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) five-point agreement with Burmese military authorities and all political agreements. Requested to cancel. And foreign prisoners.

In a statement on February 1, the MFA said the situation in Burma had deteriorated in a year since the military took power.

At least 1,500 people have died, according to a spokesman for Ravina Shamdasani, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“We recorded 1,500 people killed, but only in the context of protests,” said Shamdasani. This figure includes 200 people “killed by torture during military detention.”

“These 1,500 people don’t include those killed because of armed conflict … we understand that they are in the thousands,” she said.

No progress in ASEAN’s five-point agreement

“Singapore remains deeply concerned about the situation in Myanmar and is disappointed that the implementation of the ASEAN Five-Point Agreement has not progressed,” the MFA said.

5 consensus (pdf) Is an agreement between Prime Minister Min Aung Hlaing of the Burmese military government and the leaders of ASEAN member countries at the ASEAN Summit on April 24, 2021.

“We urge Myanmar military authorities to implement a five-point agreement promptly and fully, including facilitating a special mission’s visit to Myanmar to meet with all concerned,” the MFA said in a statement. ..

The consensus is the end of violence in Burma, a special mission and delegation from ASEAN visiting the country to meet all concerned to seek a peaceful solution, and ASEAN for humanitarian assistance in disasters. He sought humanitarian assistance provided through the Coordination Center. management.

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On January 25, 2022, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo were held on Bintan Island, Indonesia. (Ministry of Communications and Information, Singapore)

However, the junta did not follow the agreement and ASEAN did not invite Hlaing to subsequent top-level meetings since late 2021. Radio Free Asia reported..

After Cambodia took over the presidency of ASEAN from Brunei in 2022, Prime Minister Hun Sen visited Burma on a two-day trip at the invitation of Rhein on January 7, “bilateral and multilateral cooperation. And recent developments in ASEAN. ” With the Burmese army.

At a top-level bilateral annual meeting held by Singapore and Indonesian leaders on January 25, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said: last year.

“We promise to help Myanmar reach a lasting and peaceful solution for the benefit of its people, but involve the ASEAN Presidency and all parties involved with its envoys. It is essential to let them do it. “

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said, “Indonesia and Singapore share the same view on the importance of implementing a five-point agreement.”

“This consensus is the highest level decision made by ASEAN and should be supported by everyone,” he added.

A week later, on February 2, ASEAN issued a statement (pdf) “Reports of ongoing violence and exacerbations [the] It is the humanitarian situation in Burma, and called on the Burmese authorities to “take concrete actions to effectively and fully implement the five-point agreement.”

Political and foreign detainees should be released

The MFA statement called for “release of all political detainees, including U Win Myint, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and foreign detainees,” and called on Burmese military authorities to “final national reconciliation. Called to avoid contrary behavior. Myanmar. “

On February 3, Burmese troops filed new corruption charges against Aung San Suu Kyi. This is about the latest twelve cases raised against the 76-year-old Nobel laureate since the military expelled the elected government and arrested her and top members of the National League for Democracy. League for Democracy.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Keng Onn Wong is a Singapore-based writer.