Dr. Noel Morada presented in the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) Roundtable in Kuala Lumpur on “Viewing the Myanmar elections from R2P lens” on 22th April.
The ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) traveled to Burma to assess the risk of violence. During their trip in early April, they observed several troubling signs of anti-Muslim rhetoric and broader risks of violence. On the eve of the 26th ASEAN Summit hosted by Malaysia starting on April 26, these Parliamentarians are raising the alarm, writing an open letter, calling on ASEAN leaders to lead an independent investigation into the growing crisis, and deployment of ASEAN monitors in the lead up to elections.
In the light of the above considerations, the APHR also organized a roundtable by to present its report on the to present its report on the 'Rohingya Crisis and the Risk of Atrocities in Myanmar' to the Human Rights commission of Malaysia. This report is based on a recent fact-finding mission to Myanmar, which documents the high risk of atrocities there. The report is a call to action and urges the inclusion of Rohingya crisis on the ASEAN Summit agenda. The Asia Pacif Centre for the Responsibility to Protect joined ASEAN Parliament for Human Rights and other stakeholders in calling upon the government of Myanmar to ensure that the forthcoming elections are free, fair, transparent and peaceful. The centre commended the progress made by the government of Myanmar, and in its press release underlined that no state or society is immune from atrocity crimes.