The Dilemma of Non-Interference: Myanmar, Human Rights, and the ASEAN Charter

Arendshorst, John | January 1, 2009

In October 2009, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) established the Asian Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), the first regional human rights organization in southeast Asia.One of the first tasks AICHR faces is how to approach Myanmar, a member of ASEANruled by a military junta that frequently commits horrific human rights abuses.This article examines the history of ASEAN’s interactions with Myanmar and explores the options available for AICHR to approach the human rights situation within the country.