AC­TIVISTS SEEK HU­MAN RIGHTS FOCUS AT SUM­MITS

National Post (Latest Edition) - - WORLD -

Hu­man Rights Watch on Thurs­day urged world lead­ers con­verg­ing for an­nual sum­mits in South­east Asia to ad­dress the re­gion’s hu­man rights crises led by the plight of Ro­hingya Mus­lims in Myan­mar and what it calls the “mur­der­ous” anti-drug crack­down in the Philip­pines.

But the call could run against ob­sta­cles as the hosts of the sum­mits of the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions in Manila and the Asia Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion in Viet­nam are among lead­ers in the watch­dogs’ crosshairs. The 10- na­tion ASEAN has a pol­icy of non­in­ter­fer­ence in each of its mem­bers’ do­mes­tic af­fairs.

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