Time for ASEAN to Speak
Democracy and freedom of expression are under threat in several Southeast Asian countries. ASEAN needs to reconsider its non-intervention principle.
THE time has come for a review of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) non-intervention principle as outlined in the ASEAN charter. The regional organization has a moral obligation to act while the quality of democracy in Southeast Asia is facing a decline. ASEAN countries cannot remain silent as they witness human rights violations so close to home.
The principle of non-intervention indeed stipulates that ASEAN member countries may no...