ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights is a human rights intervention force of like-minded parliamentarians and influential persons, using our unique positions and innovative means to prevent discrimination, uphold political freedom and promote all human rights. We support the work of civil society and human rights defenders and encourage sustainable and alternative solutions that increase pressure on international, regional and multilateral bodies and governments to ensure accountability to the people and uphold and enforce international human rights laws.
In February 2017, Cambodia’s Parliament approved a set of new amendments to the Law on Political Parties, which grant unprecedented powers to the executive and judicial branches to suspend and dissolve political parties. The move was the culmination of an ongoing effort to undermine the capacity of the political opposition in Cambodia, which has been characterized by nearly two years of escalating persecution of Cambodian parliamentarians.
Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council
Geneva, 3 March 2017
RE: UN-MANDATED INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY OR SIMILAR INTERNTIONAL MECHANISM TO INVESTIGATE SERIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN RAKHINE STATE, MYANMAR
The situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State is driving a regional crisis. Systematic discrimination against Rohingya Muslims has contributed to the largest regional outfow of asylum seekers by sea in decades. Humanitarian conditions in Rohingya villages and internally displaced persons (IDP) camps are dire, and Rohingya suffer frequent abuses at the hands of Myanmar authorities.
As parliamentarians from across Southeast Asia, we congratulate the people of Myanmar on their participation in a peaceful and historic vote, and we look forward to welcoming our newly elected colleagues from Myanmar as partners in the realization of a truly people-centered ASEAN Community.
ASEAN parliamentarians urge international action to address escalating human rights concerns ahead of elections in Myanmar
NEW YORK – With elections less than two months away, Myanmar stands at a critical moment in its political transition. But without deliberate steps to address core human rights concerns, including support from the international community, the country risks veering from a path toward democracy, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) said today.