Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Activists attack ASEAN on lack of Burma pressure

Reuters Photo: Demonstrators stage a skit during a protest outside the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur...

By James Pomfret

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A leading Myanmar dissident slammed ASEAN's failure to pressure the junta over its crackdown on pro-democracy protests, as the 10-member group unveiled a charter on Tuesday that enshrined human rights and democracy.

"It's a historical moment for them to sign the charter, which is supposed to be the charter for the protection and promotion of human rights, and now they let the (Myanmar) regime take over their agenda," said Khin Ohmar, a former student leader of Myanmar's 1988 uprising, in which up to 3,000 people died.

"Now they're taking sides with the regime it seems. I think it's a bad step and backtracking," she said at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents Club.

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