President Obama said the words that we want him to say at the opening of the U.S.Asean Summit in Sunnylands yesterday.
” As leaders we have to answer to the aspirations of our people, reaffirm that a strong, prosperous and inclusive society requires good governance, rule of law, accountable institutions, vibrant civil,society and hop holding human rights”.
He summarizes the agenda as:
1/ economic growth that is inclusive, creating employment for all;
2/ mutual security, peaceful resolutions to disputes;
3/ human dignity, respect for human rights;
4/ development that is sustainable.
He uses the case of Burma as a good model.
More work to be done. I am returning to Washington DC early March for follow up work.
Hundreds of Cambodian Americans from around the country were protesting strongly and visibly at the summit site yesterday.
What should be on front and center burners when president Obsma meet with ASEAN leaders today in Southern California.
THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN ASEAN MUST BE ON THE AGENDA AT THE UPCOMING HISTORIC SUMMIT IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
At the U.S. /ASEAN Summit, this is what needs to be said and after the summit more must be done to address the human rights situation in ASEAN.
HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY ARE GLOBAL ISSUES AND NOT ONLY AN ASEAN ISSUE BUT ASEAN MUST ADDRESS THEM COLLECTIVELY AND NOT IGNORE THEM WITH ITS PRINCIPLE OF NON-INTERFERENCE.
Minority Leader with US Director for Asia at the National Security Council
february 4, 2016
President Obama will host the ASEAN SUMMIT in Sunnylands from 15-16. February, 2016.
All 10 ASEAN leaders have confirmed their participation.
State Department will hold a pre-Sunnylands meeting in DC with ASEAN civil society leaders from 10-12February. This is the result of much lobby from many groups such as Human Rights Watch
and Washington Post
The deteriorating human rights situation in Cambodia needs to be addressed. Sunnylands should be the moment for president Obama to play the decisive role and deliver the same message to prime minister Hun Sen as Sec. John Kerry and put it clear that there would be NO Trade without human rights, free and fair elections and release and dropping all charges against opposition.