RP to Myanmar: Release Aung San Suu Kyi immediately and unconditionally

At least the Philippines speaks its position on Myanmar‘s new charges filed against opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi just days before the expiration of her six-year detention.

The statement of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo on the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi at Insein Prison says, the Philippine Government is deeply troubled and outraged over the filing of trumped up charges against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her transfer to Insein prison, particularly when concerns have been raised regarding her health condition.

The Philippine government urge the government of Myanmar to resolve the matter speedily, and to release Aung San Suu Kyi immediately and unconditionally.

The new charges against Aung San Suu Kyi seems an indicator that Myanmar is not serious to carry out its own Roadmap for Democracy which has long been overdue.

Myanmar, which has been ruled by the military since 1962, promised to restore democracy by releasing political detainees and hold elections next year. But the commitment of Myanmar is dimmed with new charges against Aung San Suu Kyi.

The West upon hearing the announcement of new charges immediately voiced out concerns. Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Myanmar’s fellow ASEAN members, have issued condemnations of the junta’s actions.

The Philippine Senate, Sen. Meriam Defenson Santiago filed Senate Resolution 1078, condemning the new charges that the Myanmar junta filed against opposition leader and democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, Inquirer.net reports.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s arrest and detention are in violation of the UDHR (Universal Declaration of Human Rights), ICCR (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights) and Myanmar’s Roadmap for Democracy program

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has been criticized for being silent about it. It seemed the Association is too weak to take actions against its most troublesome member. ASEAN‘s soft approach in promoting democracy in the region seemed ineffective.

(Updated – May 19, 2009) Lately, ASEAN leaders call for immediate release Aung San Suu Kyi. Thailand, as the ASEAN Chair, reaffirms ASEAN‘s readiness to contribute constructively to the national reconciliation process and the peaceful transition of democracy in Myanmar, the statement reads. The Government of the Union of Myanmar is reminded that the ASEAN leaders had called for the immediate release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

The call of Filipino people to Myanmar is clear. Restore democracy. And our call to ASEAN member nations, take a role!

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