go to top
Activists display posters and defaced portraits of the leader of Myanmar’s junta, Min Aung Hlaing. Activists display posters and defaced portraits of the leader of Myanmar’s junta, Min Aung Hlaing, during a rally protesting an emergency summit between him and Southeast Asian leaders, Jakarta, Indonesia, April 24, 2021 (AP photo by Tatan Syuflana).

Myanmar’s Junta Still Has Nothing to Fear From ASEAN

Friday, Dec. 3, 2021

After months of doing little to respond to the Feb. 1 coup in Myanmar—as well as the Myanmar military’s subsequent crackdown on civil society and murdering of opponents, and its overall mismanagement of the country—the Association of Southeast Asian Nations finally took a step toward a more resolute reaction in late October, when it disinvited Myanmar junta leader Min Aung Hlaing from its annual summit as well as the East Asia Summit immediately thereafter. He was also not invited to a meeting between ASEAN and European states in late November. 

At the ASEAN summit, several Southeast Asian leaders also offered criticisms of the junta. According to Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, told other ASEAN leaders that despite the organization’s principle of noninterference in members’ internal affairs, it was “obligated to uphold other principles … like democracy, good governance, respect for human rights, and a constitutional government.” ...

To read more,

enter your email address then choose one of the three options below.

Subscribe to World Politics Review and you'll receive instant access to 10,000+ articles in the World Politics Review Library, along with new comprehensive analysis every weekday . . . written by leading topic experts.