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18 NOVEMBER 2010
PHILIPPINES WELCOMES ANEW AUNG SAN SUU KYI RELEASE; REITERATES CALL FOR CONTINUED HUMAN RIGHTS REFORM IN MYANMAR AT UN MEET
18 November 2010 , United Nations, New York – The Philippines reiterated at the United Nations today its call for continued democratic and human rights reform in Myanmar even as it welcomed once again the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
Speaking before the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Issues) of the UN General Assembly, Deputy Permanent Representative (DPR) and Charge d’Affaires, a.i. Carlos D. Sorreta of the Philippine Permanent Mission to the United Nations, welcomed the release of Suu Kyi.
Underscoring the Philippines’ position, DPR Sorreta, however, emphasized that Daw AUng San Suu Kyi’s release “should merely be the first step, and should be promptly followed by other measures leading to the return of real democracy, full respect for human rights and genuine national reconciliation for all parties and sectors of Myanmar.”
The Philippines made its statement to explain its vote on a draft resolution entitled “Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar.” The main thrust of the draft resolution was to strongly condemn the human rights situation in Myanmar.
In explaining its vote, the Philippines said that it abstained because it “does not, as a general rule, support country specific resolutions. The Philippines also remains hopeful that current efforts relating to human rights in Myanmar can and are bearing fruit.”
“While we have abstained on the vote on this resolution, the Philippine position has always been clear and consistent: the Myanmar government must stand by its commitment to its people for full democratization in the country,” Mr. Sorreta said in his statement before the UN body.
Mr. Sorreta added that as member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Myanmar’s neighbor, the Philippines “remains hopeful that constructive dialogue will advance democracy and human rights in Myanmar.”
Reiterating the Philippine call for genuine democratic reforms in Myanmar, Mr. Sorreta said that among measures that must be taken “is the immediate release of some 2,200 prisoners of conscience whose physical and political liberties remain restricted.”
“The Philippines continues to be hopeful that the Myanmar Government will without further delay take the next steps toward the true fulfillment of its own Roadmap to Democracy, through the restoration of the full political, economic and civil rights and freedoms of all people in Myanmar,” Mr. Sorreta added. END
Reference:Robert E.A. Borje
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