Friday, November 23, 2007

The difference between Asean and Commonwealth

By Anne Penketh, Diplomatic Editor

Published: 23 November 2007

Pakistan was suspended from the Commonwealth last night, after General Pervez Musharraf failed to meet a deadline to lift emergency rule and resign as army chief.

The decision was taken by a committee of nine foreign ministers, meeting in Kampala on the eve of the Commonwealth summit, and followed hours of tough negotiations that began yesterday morning.

SOURCE : The Independent

Meanwhile ASEAN stubbornly refuses to suspend or kick off Burma for killing scores of people and continuing arrest and torture of democracy activists. The stark contrast between these two groupings clearly show ASEAN is indeed a group with absolutely no regard for the human rights of a member country.

Therefore, the inclusion of declaration "To strengthen democracy, enhance good governance and the rule of law, and to promote human rights. ASEAN shall establish a human rights body, with terms to be decided by foreign ministers." in the ASEAN charter could just meant not to protect and promote human rights in the region but to make the rest of the world, especially EU and US, think ASEAN is dedicated to promote human rights.


Ko Paw said...

ASEAN charter is more to protect the ASEAN governments from outside criticisms than to protect ASEAN citizens from the right abuses.

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