Statement of the
Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism on the
arrest of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
The Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism
is appalled with the verdict imposed upon Daw Aung San
Suu Kyi ordering her to serve an 18-month sentence under
house arrest. We believe that her trial was not free and
fair and the charges filed against her have no concrete
basis. The sentence imposed by the government is a step
backward in its Roadmap to Democracy which includes the
commitment to release political prisoners including Daw
Aung San Suu Kyi.
We strongly support the call of ASEAN and the rest of
the international community urging Myanmar to reconsider
its decision and to carry out its human rights commitments.
Myanmar’s ratification of the ASEAN Charter entails
its adherence to the rule of law, good governance, and
the principles of democracy and constitutional government
as provided under the principles of the Charter.
Moreover, its endorsement of the Terms of Reference of
the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights
during the 42nd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Phuket, Thailand
connotes its commitment to uphold the principles set forth
in that seminal instrument. It is now time for the government
of Myanmar to show its sincerity to uphold, respect and
fulfill its human rights obligations and commitments.
Attention is again called to the fact that the primary
responsibility to promote and protect human rights rests
with each and every member-state.
We therefore reiterate our call for the immediate and
unconditional release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her
aides. We urge Myanmar to live up to its human rights
obligations and be accountable for the well-being of its
people. These steps will significantly contribute to the
process of national reconciliation and to the work for
peace and prosperity in Myanmar and the ASEAN region.