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It must realize that if the rigid reading of its principle of noninterference will be allowed to prevail, it might deal the death blow for Asean itself.
I compare the status of the norm of noninterference over time in three regions, which together make up a large portion of the Global South: Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.
To fill in the gap between the rhetoric and the reality of noninterference, Jones advances a context-sensitive approach to explain the interventions and noninterventions within ASEAN.
The thorny issue of Myanmar -- its human rights record and lack of democratization -- finally ruptured the ASEAN policy of noninterference following tremendous pressure from the United States and the European Union.
When one enjoys nondomination, one enjoys noninterference that is secure or resilient.
As has become apparent in recent years, noninterference is the same as inaction.
The noninterference policy is-in the words of Aung San Suu Kyi herself-just an excuse for not helping.
Jones breaks the myth of consistent noninterference by walking the reader through various episodes of ASEAN intervention such as the Indonesian invasion of East Timor in 1975, Vietnam's toppling of Pol Pot and rule in Cambodia for a decade after, ASEAN's opposition to the pro-Vietnamese leaders in Cambodia and support of the Khmer Rouge, the support of authoritarian forces in Burma and elsewhere and later boosting of democracy in Burma/Myanmar after 2003, support of the humanitarian intervention in East Timor in 1999, and the conditionality of ASEAN membership for Myanmar and Cambodia.
It shows a delicate sense of balance between noninterference in the affairs of a sovereign state and upholding human rights and fundamental freedoms,'' he added.
The argument in this study, briefly articulated above, leads to the conclusion that the suggestion to interpret the principle of noninterference in a more flexible way is premature for the countries of Southeast Asia.
Civil society organizations in Southeast Asia are calling on the 10-nation bloc to scrap its noninterference principle given the mounting cases of human rights violations across the region.