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ASEAN People's Forum call on ASEAN to address inter-state conflicts

ICRtoP Member, Initiative for International dialogue, calls on ASEAN to adhere to international laws and norms

14 November 2009
During a panel discussion on politics and security at the 2nd ASEAN People’s Forum in Cha-am, Thailand on October 18-20, 2009, Gus Miclat from Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) –also steering committee member of the ICRtoP— called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to promote conflict prevention and develop mechanisms to address inter-conflicts. 
“Clearly, there is enough basis in the blueprint for ASEAN to address intra-state conflicts. They are in fact reflective and consistent with international norms and instruments such as the Geneva Convention on International Humanitarian Law; Responsibility to Protect, and even United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1674 pertaining to the role of women in peacebuilding and ensuring protection of civilians in armed conflict respectively.” Gus Miclat, IID Executive Director said during the ASEAN Civil Society Conference held in Cha-am, Thailand on October 18-20, 2009.
IID is pushing for a more pro-active ASEAN in the prevention of internal state conflicts in the region’s conflict affected areas like Southern Mindanao in the Philippines, Bandah Aceh and Papua in Indonesia. (…)
Miclat said that the political security sector will be active in offering its recommendations in coming up with the political- security mechanisms. The proposed Asian-Pacific Political Security Community (APSC) is aimed at ASEAN members to pursue closer interaction and cooperation to forge shared norms and create common mechanisms in the political and security fields.
He added that although the APSC mentions the promotion of a people oriented ASEAN, it is still perceived as state-centric, and thus, there is a need for an avenue where the government and civil society could work together in dealing with political and security issues.
“Civil society should have a direct and substantive engagement in the national and regional political security community to gather inputs on, assess and assist in the implementation of the blueprint,” Miclat said. (…)
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