AIPMCASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus
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In light of these continued concerns, AIPMC calls on the international community, ASEAN countries included, to continue to send the right message to the power holders in Myanmar.
A key voice is that of Djoko Susilo, from the National Mandate Party, who is chairman of the national parliamentary caucus on Myanmar and one of three Indonesians presently on the AIPMC Steering Committee.
And even if they make it to another country, they are again faced with the prospect of detention, bonded labour or furtive lives as undocumented workers in an a foreign land," said Kraisak Choonhavan, vice president of AIPMC and chair of the Thailand Caucus.
The AIPMC president and respected parliamentarian told the visiting delegates of the key efforts made to empower Indonesia's parliament in the transition following the end of Suharto's 32-year rule as president in 1998.
Accordingly AIPMC hopes that improved human rights and the strengthening of democracy will be the key objectives of Obama's visit, which will not only be seen as adding further legitimacy to the government of President Thein Sein, but also encouraging it in its efforts to enact key reform measures.
This act of oppression has given us the impression that the old ways of practice are still in effect despite all the positivity for change that we have been hearing," said Son Chhay, Vice President of AIPMC and Cambodian Member of Parliament.
We must make sure that they and others like them are never persecuted, threatened and illegally detained again in the future; the people of Myanmar need real and tangible guarantees that they are free to take part in the running of their own country once again," said Kraisak Choonhavan, Vice President of AIPMC and Chair of the AIPMC Thailand Caucus.
As such, AIPMC is calling on leading ASEAN delegates to raise the issue of democratic reform and protection of human rights at this week's Summit and to work together with the United Nations to set up a peace process to end the ethnic conflict in Myanmar.
The meeting between the AIPMC members and Myanmar delegations aims to discuss issues related to the legislation procedures, law making process; role of academics and civil society in legislation; strategies to empower the parliament.
AIPMC has stated that it shares these concerns and calls on the international community to take an immediate action to protect civilians and end impunity.
It added that MP Charles Chong, the Chairman of AIPMC Singapore Caucus, was at the launch of the group and was very much impressed by its formation as it shares a major aspiration of the AIPMC, to promote democracy and human rights in Burma.
The AIPMC underlines: "We urge Thailand in particular to refrain from any considerations to repatriate refugees from Myanmar currently on Thai soil.