A group of Southeast Asian legislators is calling on Malaysian Foreign Minister Hamid Albar to raise the issue of violence against citizens when he visits Burma this week.
Legislators representing a Burma caucus of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations issued a statement Wednesday, as it was revealed that Hamid will travel to Burma Thursday as ASEAN's representative.
The legislators were reacting to an incident last week in which municipal officers in Rangoon beat to death former political prisoner Thet Naing Oo when he was found urinating in public.
The group says the incident provides further evidence that violent acts against the public - especially pro-democracy advocates - are still rampant under Burma's military government.
ASEAN legislators called on the military government in Rangoon to hold accountable those responsible for the death.