ASEAN And ‘Rights’ – Empty Vessels Best Not Make Noise!

“In the end we remember, not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

The article is all about Myanmar, or at least the role of ASEAN, whose Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) was established in 2009, as part of ASEAN’s effort to respect human rights…


  • Indah P. Amaritasari

Indah Amaritasari, the attractive academic who writes in the Jakarta Post, is concerned about the seeming inability of this outfit to do much, or anything, about the current situation with the Rohingya, but really, what else can one expect?

If ASEAN were serious about ‘human rights,’ it would never have accepted Vietnam or Laos as members.


The peoples of those two countries have not had the basic human right to choose the governments which rule over them for over forty years.

Talking of human, or any rights, in Communist dictatorships, is akin, in its oxymoronic connotations, to talking about dry water.

It doesn’t make sense.

So why expect ASEAN now to have any significant impact in Myanmar?

Not to mention the shortcomings on rights in other ASEAN members…

Malaysia – Aged Scholar Hauled to Bigot Court 

Malaysia, Truly Arabia! Intolerance Rules Kuala Lumpur Court! 

…like Malaysia, Truly Arabia!

And I’m sure there are other countries you can think of where minorities have faced murder and mayhem on religious grounds.

Has ASEAN ever protested about that?