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Southeast Asian Lawmakers Condemn Burma's Human Rights Record


Southeast Asian lawmakers meeting in Kuala Lumpur have wrapped up a two-day conference on Burma by condemning the ruling junta's human rights record.

In a joint statement issued Saturday, parliamentarians from Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand denounced Burma's refusal to engage in meaningful democratic reforms.

The delegates called for the immediate release of all political prisoners, including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

They also called on the U.N. Security Council to discuss the issue of Burma and to call on the military government to cooperate with the United Nations in moving forward on genuine reform.

The group also demanded that Burma never be allowed to chair the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) until it achieves meaningful reforms.

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