Bangkok, August 8:
The ASEAN bloc must keep the pressure on military-ruled Myanmar to reform or risk losing its credibility, a human rights group said on Monday in a statement on the 17th anniversary of a doomed pro-democracy uprising. It said last monthâ€™s decision by the junta to forgo assuming the chair of the ASEAN in 2006, because of regional and international criticism, showed that such pressure worked. â€œThe unprecedented pressure exercised on the Burmese junta over the chairmanship has boosted ASEANâ€™s integrity, locally and internationally,â€ Debbie Stothard, coordinator of the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (Altsean) said, using the countryâ€™s former name. â€œASEAN should reinforce these gains by ensuring the regime actually delivers on its promises for political and economic reform,â€ he said.