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ED: The Myanmar junta cannot be allowed to do as it pleases

  • Published at 08:00 am October 17th, 2021
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This silence will only encourage other nefarious regimes to deviate further away from democratic values

We heartily applaud the decision taken by the foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to invite a non-political representative from Myanmar to a Southeast Asia summit that is scheduled to be held later this month.

What has been happening in Myanmar is nothing short of a travesty, and it has been extremely disappointing to see the inaction from the international community towards the military junta that seized power in February earlier this year.

A decision such as this, even if it may be one invitation to one event, will hopefully catalyze the rest of the international community to finally muster the courage to do the right thing, and not just give in to agendas.

At this juncture, the right thing would be to put pressure on this current military junta in Myanmar, which has, as per UN reports, killed over a thousand of its own people, and arrested several thousands more in an attempt to crack down on any strikes and protests.

Moreover, we must never forget that it is the Myanmar military that was responsible for the Rohingya crisis in the first place, and the untold atrocities committed were the reason the Rohingya were forced to flee their homes in Rakhine state and take refuge in Bangladesh.

Nowhere in the world should this be acceptable, and the longer the international community stalls on this matter, the worse the situation will get, and the more empowered this Myanmar military junta will become. Furthermore, this silence will only encourage other nefarious regimes to deviate further away from democratic values.

The entire world should follow in the footsteps of the Asean and isolate this current regime in Myanmar. They must be held accountable for their heinous actions, and it is about time the international community woke up and did the right thing, not just for the people of Myanmar, not just for the Rohingya refugees unable to return home, but for the collective global good.

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