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Myanmar: Can international pressure work?

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Will this week’s US-Asean special summit with US President Joe Biden address the post-coup violence in Myanmar?

Astro Awani’s Melisa Idris and Sharaad Kuttan ask Debbie Stothard, founder of the Alternative Asean Network on Burma, why after a year Asean’s five-point consensus plan has still failed to make significant inroads into addressing the crisis.

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AGENDA RAKYAT - Lima perkara utama
  1. Tegakkan maruah serta kualiti kehidupan rakyat
  2. Galakkan pembangunan saksama, lestari serta tangani krisis alam sekitar
  3. Raikan kerencaman dan keterangkuman
  4. Selamatkan demokrasi dan angkatkan keluhuran undang-undang
  5. Lawan rasuah dan kronisme
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15 May 2022 1.34pm

Aliran, why don’t you write about US interference in Myanmar for a change? It is disappointing that Aliran only see the misuse of power by the Myanmar government but is totally quiet on the interference in its internal affairs by the US and other western governments. The US has been interfering in the affairs of many countries purportedly in the guise of human rights and democracy. But, the US and the western countries like those NATO countries could not explain how they uphold human rights and democracy when invading countries like Libya, Iraq or Yugoslavia.

11 May 2022 11.13am

international pressure has been mixed and not solid , sanctions the same ,, not everyone sticking to them ,, statements made that condemn the actions of the military junta go in one ear and out the other ,,i cannot recall any positive action that has improved the situation in myanmar ,, if the west had taken action at the start of the invasion ,, then we would not have a war in ukraine ,, myanmar was a test to see what the reaction would be ,, and the reaction in london was to allow the junta to take over the myanmar embassy ,, totally unforgivable mr johnson ,, yet you stand up for ukraine ,,

15 May 2022 1.40pm
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What makes you think the west has the right to interfere in Myanmar or in Ukraine in the first place? Can China or Russia interfere in the US if there is human rights abuse such as the deaths of blacks or the use of prisoners to carry out slave labour? Why doesn’t the US allow Russian missiles in Cuba when they see no wrong to admit Ukraine into NATO and potentially will place missiles in Ukraine?

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