World lawmakers gravely concerned on Myanmar

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Geneva, Oct 11: Lawmakers from around the world told Myanmar's junta to ''immediately and unconditionally'' release all political activists, monks and ethnic leaders jailed in the country.

In an emergency motion, delegates at an Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) assembly said yesterday they were gravely concerned about a human rights deterioration in the former Burma, where at least 10 people died last month in a crackdown on democracy protests.

The Geneva-based IPU represents 140 national parliaments worldwide, as well as seven regional parliamentary assemblies.

The IPU resolution said the international community ought to ''seriously consider taking necessary and effective economic measures and suspending military assistance and arms sales to Myanmar'' in the event of ''further setbacks in the constructive process of dialogue and reconciliation''.

It also urged member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ''to seriously consider suspending Myanmar's membership in ASEAN until such time as the process of reconciliation with the democratic forces gains momentum''.


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