- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, is a regional & intergovernmental organisation of 10 countries of southeast Asia.
- ASEAN was established in 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration).
- Its members are Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, Myanmar, Philippines, Brunei and Vietnam.
- The organisation aims to accelerate the economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region through joint endeavours in the spirit of equality and partnership. They work towards the progress of the southeast Asia region.
Why in News?
- Association of South Eastern Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers, in a joint communique released, strongly condemned the continued acts of violence, including air strikes, artillery shelling, and destruction of public facilities in Myanmar.
- ASEAN member countries jointly urged all parties involved in Myanmar to take concrete action to immediately halt indiscriminate violence, denounce any escalation, and create a conducive environment for the delivery of humanitarian assistance and inclusive national dialogue.
- A civil war is going on in Myanmar following the country’s long-running insurgencies which escalated significantly in response to the 2021 military coup d’état and the subsequent violent crackdown on anti-coup protests.