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Philippines joins calls to end violence in Myanmar

/ 06:57 PM August 02, 2022
Philippine representatives to the Asean AICHR join calls for an end to the violence in Myanmar

From left: Deputy Assistant Secretary Aileen S. Mendiola-Rau, Representative of the Philippines to the AICHR; Professor Dato Dr. Aishah Bidin, Representative of Malaysia to the AICHR; Professor Yuyun Wahyuningrum, Representative of Indonesia to the AICHR; Dr. Shashi Jayakumar, Representative of Singapore to the AICHR; and Dr. Amara Pongsapich, Representative of Thailand to the AICHR. (Photo courtesy of AICHR Cambodia)

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has joined other nations in calling for an end to the violence in Myanmar following the execution of four democracy activists.

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Deputy Assistant Secretary Aileen Mendiola-Rau, also the country’s representative to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), joined her counterparts from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand in denouncing the executions and violence in Myanmar.

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“We, the representatives of AICHR, strongly condemn the executions of the four democracy activists and express our deepest condolences to the families and friends for the loss of their loved ones,” reads the joint statement of the representatives dated July 31 and posted on the DFA website on Monday.

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“We urgently call on the Myanmar military authorities to immediately cease all acts of violence, refrain from further arbitrary executions, free all political prisoners and those arbitrarily detained, engage in constructive dialogue with all parties to seek a peaceful solution, and immediately return democracy and the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms back to the country,” they added.

The representatives echoed the earlier statement of Asean “that these executions signify a setback and the absence of political will from the Myanmar military authorities to meaningfully implement the ASEAN Five-Point Consensus.”

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The representatives urged Myanmar military authorities to implement the consensus “in a sincere and expeditious manner.”

Since the coup in Myanmar, more than 2,100 people have died in the military’s crackdown on dissent, a local monitoring group noted.

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