ASEAN FMs had done well in attending the Retreat called by Myanmar in Yangon. It has also tried to indicate to the world it is still a relevant regional organisation. However, it has not answered two pertinent allegations; namely how it wants to deal with the allegations of atrocities committed by Myanmar military and the many deaths of civilian population as well as cases of rapes; secondly the time line was not mentioned on when the humanitarian assistance could move into the affected areas. ASEAN FMs should not accept that all the stories and reports are not true or fabrication. This would help Myanmar and ASEAN to regain credibility. The reports coming out from the affected areas are still showing gross human rights abuses. There must be explanations to all these allegations. Maybe they should let the international community know why thousands of people fled to neighbouring countries. Even the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) has expressed disappointments on the lack of concrete actions to handle the humanitarian crisis.
FBSHApost@21 December 2016