April 23, 2021, 11.51 PM
Civilian protesters hold up Join in (the) CDM (Civil Disobedience Movement) banners in front of a soldier in Yangon, Myanmar REUTERS via BBC INDONESIACivilian protesters hold up Join in (the) CDM (Civil Disobedience Movement) banners in front of a soldier in Yangon, Myanmar

ASEAN has been hampered from taking a more firm approach to resolve the Myanmar crisis by the Association’s policy of non-intervention in member states’ domestic affairs.

Also read: Chief of Myanmar's Military Junta Heads to Jakarta For ASEAN Summit 

The association is also hindered by the lack of a cohesive response. Member states like Indonesia and the Philippines have taken a firmer stance on the Myanmar crisis, while Malaysia as well as Thailand favored a more ambiguous response.

Myanmar’s crisis came about on February 1 after the military junta arrested the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and overthrew the democracy icon’s government after her National League of Democracy [NLD] party beat military sponsored parties by a landslide last November.

The military resorted to a brutal crackdown on the opposition, by killing more than 700 people and imprisoning thousands of others, after they protested the military coup over the past two months.

(Writers/Editors: Aditya Jaya Iswara, Danur Lambang Pristiandaru)

Sources: 

https://www.kompas.com/global/read/2021/04/23/162001870/jelang-ktt-asean-presiden-filipina-dan-pm-thailand-tidak-hadir?page=all#page2

https://www.kompas.com/global/read/2021/04/23/163601870/ktt-asean-digelar-besok-di-jakarta-ini-harapan-china?page=all#page2

 

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