Civil society calls for review and reframing of the ASEAN’s Five-Point Consensus
Continuing failure of ASEAN will prompt people of Myanmar to reconsider Myanmar’s ASEAN membership
[5 May 2023] Today, Myanmar civil society organisations, supported by regional and international organisations, launch a position paper to call for a review and reframe of the ASEAN’s Five-Point Consensus and the bloc’s current approach to the increasingly worsening crisis in Myanmar. The calls come ahead of the 42nd ASEAN Summit to be held next week on 9 – 11 May in Indonesia, which will be chaired by Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
The position paper outlines an extensive assessment of the failed Five-Point Consensus and provides the following five counter points of action that ASEAN leaders must immediately take to prove the bloc’s commitment and capability to resolve the Myanmar crisis effectively.
Highlighting the fact that ASEAN’s failed Five-Point Consensus has only enabled the junta to inflict further atrocities on civilians, including intensifying airstrikes killing hundreds of people and many children, the position paper states that ASEAN’s failure to take up these recommendations within three months from the upcoming ASEAN Summit in May “will prompt the people of Myanmar to determine whether or not Myanmar’s membership in ASEAN is still in the best interest of Myanmar people in their struggle for federal democracy.”
Read the “Civil Society Position Paper: Reviewing and Reframing the ASEAN’s Five-Point Consensus” here: https://progressivevoicemyanmar.org/2023/05/05/civil-society-position-paper-reviewing-and-reframing-the-aseans-five-point-consensus/.
The paper is open to signatories from all Myanmar, regional and international organisations until the next ASEAN Summit in September 2023.
For more information on the position paper, please contact:
To join as a signatory, please send your organisation’s endorsement to: firstname.lastname@example.org