Protesters show the three finger salute during a demonstration against the Myanmar military junta’s execution of four prisoners, outside the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok on July 26, 2022. Myanmar’s junta executed four prisoners including a former lawmaker from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, state media said on July 25, in the country’s first use of capital punishment in decades.
ASEAN will continue encouraging the Myanmar junta to abide by a regional consensus to end the country’s political crisis but will do so without “interference in domestic affairs”, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said on Tuesday, after announcing that the bloc’s rights body would be involved in monitoring compliance.
Retno made the comments after the region’s top diplomats met with the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR).
Retno said that going forward, the AICHR would be involved in dealing with more regional human rights issues, after previously being omitted from the drafting of ASEAN’s Five-Point Consensus on the Myanmar issue.
The consensus calls for an immediate cessation of violence, dialogue among all parties, the dispatch of a special envoy and the delivery of humanitarian assistance.
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