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JAKARTA — The arrival in Malaysia and Indonesia of boats carrying Rohingya refugees from Myanmar is a worrying potential signal of further regional repercussions of ongoing persecution in Rakhine State, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) warned today. In light of the latest developments, the collective of regional lawmakers reiterated its call for ASEAN leaders to urgently address the root causes of the crisis, which have already driven hundreds of thousands of Rohingya to flee Myanmar.
DHAKA — At the conclusion of a four-day fact-finding mission, Southeast Asian lawmakers urged their governments to heed calls for action to address the Rohingya crisis, emphasizing that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) needs to take on a larger role in efforts to resolve the situation.
JAKARTA — The killing of at least seven protesters by police in Myanmar’s Rakhine State last week was a tragic event, which must be urgently investigated, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) said today.
“From reports, police action appears to have been wholly disproportionate in this case,” said APHR Chairperson Charles Santiago, a member of the Malaysian Parliament. “The incident should be thoroughly and impartially investigated, and perpetrators must be held accountable.”
MANILA — The failure of ASEAN leaders to confront the root causes of the ongoing crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine State constitutes a blow to the regional bloc’s credibility, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) said today, following the conclusion of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila.