The newly established human rights council of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations may be

to the group's goal of increasing its global clout, the Wall Street Journal argues in an opinion piece. The Wall Street Journal explains that while the goals of the council are worthy, the composition of the ASEAN could present a problem to their fulfillment. The ASEAN consists of 10 member states that include the authoritarian regimes of Laos and Burma, which, according to the Wall Street Journal, seeks to rubber-stamp their regimes instead of submitting to scrutiny.

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    Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.

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