Connect with us

Hot News

Myanmar junta’s release of political prisoners may not be indicative of a changing mindset



Myanmar’s National Unity Government foreign minister is warning the international community over the recent military’s release of 402 political inmates. Daw Zin Mar Aung’s warning contradicted the ASEAN special envoy for Myanmar’s embracement of the act by saying such a move cannot be regarded as a change in the junta’s mindset.

“I would like to warn the international community not to overly celebrate the prisoner release as being due to the success of their diplomacy.”

The regime released such prisoners last week as part of its amnesty for nearly 6,000 inmates, but Daw Zin Mar Aung says such moves should not be regarded as positive. She then went on to suggest how the international community can help restore democracy in Myanmar by directing certain steps to be taken by the UN and ASEAN envoys on Myanmar.

She furthered that such a move of amnesty was used by such dictators when faced with growing pressure on their regimes, to enhance their image. According to The Irrawaddy, she says that such prisoners did nothing wrong, yet their release was celebrated by such leaders as the foreign minister of Cambodia, who is regarded as failing as ASEAN chair in handling the Myanmar issue. Thus, the amnesty has also enhanced the Cambodian foreign minister’s reign as ASEAN chair.

Daw Zin Mar Aung says it would be stupid to draw a conclusion based only on the prisoner release that the junta is ready to change. She noted that the Five-Point Consensus is calling for dialogue among all parties in ASEAN, with both the UN and ASEAN having the mandate to push the military toward dialogue. She says NUG has already told ASEAN foreign ministers how they can cooperate in humanitarian assistance delivery but ASEAN has not responded.

To see change, Daw Zin Mar Aung says ASEAN must mandate the military to follow the Five-Point Consensus, stop violence, release political prisoners, and refuse to accept the general election that the regime wants to stage. She then said the UN and ASEAN special envoys to Myanmar need to have a coordinated approach instead of just meeting junta leaders.


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Ann Carter is an award-winning journalist from the United States with over 12 years experience in print and broadcast news. Her work has been featured in America, China and Thailand as she has worked internationally at major news stations as a writer and producer. Carter graduated from the Walter Williams Missouri School of Journalism in the USA.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Visa27 mins ago

Thailand advises Indians to obtain visa prior to travelling to avoid long queues

Thailand42 mins ago

Driver furious with Bangkok shopping mall after foreigner accidently causes damage to her car

Politics42 mins ago

Iran promises Thailand it won’t attack Israeli tourists

Sponsored1 day ago

Challenges of starting a business in Thailand as a foreigner

Crime1 hour ago

Korean woman arrested for 5 million baht theft, 6-year overstay

Tourism2 hours ago

Japan is the No.1 tourist destination among Thais

Cambodia2 hours ago

10,000 Angkor Wat residents facing mass eviction

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand3 hours ago

Parents seek justice after 4 year old child dies after mysterious fall at school

Bangkok3 hours ago

Popcorn promotion: people capitalise on all you can eat

Crime3 hours ago

Violent criminals in Thailand to be tagged for 10 years after release to protect women

Chiang Mai4 hours ago

Chiang Mai farmers ordered not to move pigs to prevent African Swine Fever spread

Thailand4 hours ago

Truck overturns carrying 2,560 crates of beer in central Thailand

Tourism5 hours ago

Bangkok’s most famous gruesome museum

Thailand5 hours ago

Driver surrenders to police after hit-and-run in Pattaya

Tourism5 hours ago

Thai immigration reports over 900,000 tourists in Phuket since May

Coronavirus World5 hours ago

UK summons Chinese ambassador after BBC journalist arrested covering Covid protests

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11