Phnom Penh – A group of liberal lawmakers from Asean nations meeting in Singapore this week will focus on Cambodia and Myanmar’s human rights record, with MPs saying the rights of Southeast Asians were “under threat” from the bloc’s “destructive non-interference principle.”
Members of Asean agree to a principle of non-interference in the domestic affairs of other members states, which the lawmakers say allows members to avoid criticism for their poor human rights records.
Charles Santiago, the head of Asean Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) and a Malaysian MP, said the rule meant members states were “unwilling and unable to take a stand against violations.”
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