APHR Board Member
Kasit Piromya is a Board Member of Asean Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), and is a former Thai foreign minister.
As US President Joe Biden is due to meet with leaders from Southeast Asian countries this week at the US-Asean Summit in Washington from May 12-13, one issue on which Washington bears an enormous responsibility -- and from which Asean countries suffer enormous consequences -- will be high on the agenda: climate change.
The Paris Peace Agreements on Cambodia was signed 30 years ago. The deal was a major international achievement to end more than a decade of war in the country. It stipulated that the country must hold free, fair and competitive elections. The United Nations organised the first elections in the country in 1993. But the world decided too quickly that the job was done and forgot about Cambodia. The mandate of the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) ended after the elections.
Ten years ago, when Myanmar's then-ruling junta initiated a series of reforms to open the country up after decades of military rule, was also the time I was Thailand's foreign minister. I remember well how myself and other Asean foreign envoys met regularly with our Myanmar counterpart ahead of Myanmar's 2010 general election -- a heavily flawed vote, but one that would pave the way for some form of democracy in the country.