International Consultation on The Situation in Myanmar: Regional Solutions
On 3rd October 2022, the Asia Justice Coalition, the Centre for Peace and Justice of Brac University (Bangladesh), and the International Commission of Jurists organized an international consultation in Bangkok to renew focus and joint efforts relating to the situation in Myanmar.
While international legal proceedings against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC) are important measures for accountability, the international community, including in the Asia region, needs to respond in a more robust and cohesive manner to the events in Myanmar. There is a need for further action by the UN Security Council, including referral of the situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court for a wider investigation. There also needs to be a greater emphasis on an effective and meaningful regional solution, with firm action by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other states in the region.
Emphasizing the value of the Global South and regional response to the crisis in Myanmar and building on the public position taken by a few ASEAN States (Malaysia, Singapore, and The Philippines), the international consultation provided an opportunity to regroup and reassess the way forward as a region.
The Consultation was divided into the following three thematic panel discussions:
1. Situation in Myanmar
2. ASEAN and Neighboring State Response to Myanmar Coup
3. International Justice for the Rohingya
The event followed Chatham House Rules to encourage free and open discussion. The participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, is to be revealed.
The Consultation witnessed the participation (in person and online) of more than 57 people including members of the UN mandate holders, diplomatic corps, international experts, journalists, activists, lawyers, academics, regional and national representatives, and policymakers from Asia to identify steps to be taken to address the situation in the country which is a regional human rights and humanitarian crisis.
Read the full report containing overview of the proceedings, panel summaries, and recommendations here.