Members of Parliament from Cambodia, Malaysia, and Myanmar visited New York and Washington, DC, this week as part of an advocacy mission organized by ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR).
In discussions with US policymakers and UN representatives, APHR members stressed the importance of standing up for democracy and human rights in Southeast Asia. They also discussed their recent fact-finding mission to Myanmar and their concerns about the human rights situation there as elections approach.
Participating MPs included: APHR Chairperson Charles Santiago (Malaysia), Son Chhay (Cambodia), Mu Sochua (Cambodia), U Shwe Maung (Myanmar), and Daw Doi Bu (Myanmar).
At the United Nations in New York, the delegation met with representatives from various UN agencies. MPs also met with the UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Myanmar Vijay Nambiar and the UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor for the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng.
In Washington, DC, the delegation met with officials from the US State Department, Congress, and the White House. Parliamentarians also spoke at a public hearing organized by Congress’ Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.