Former Minister of State Myanmar And the Nobel Peace Prize, Aung San Suu Kyi, It was He was sentenced this Monday to four years in prison By He was ousted by the military government on February 1. The 76-year-old Suu Kyi faces two years in prison for “inciting the military” and two more years for violating restrictions due to Govt-19. A few hours later, his sentence was halved. Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has warned that the former Burmese leader is being subjected to “political scrutiny” because of the “mockery” of the military-controlled tribunal.
Only the “incitement” offense that Suu Kyi was convicted of was used Various statements by the National League for Democracy (LND), the Nobel Prize-winning party, oppose the recognition of the military junta after the coup.. The allegations of violating epidemic controls seek to condemn the election events that Suu Kyi conducted in the run-up to the November 2020 elections, months before the coup.
In those elections, Suu Kyi’s party won the referendum with the approval of international observers, as it had already done in 2015. The military government, led by General Min Aung Hleing, canceled the election after the coup, citing massive fraud. Since then, domestic violence has escalated and an estimated 10,000 prisoners are being held for political reasons.
The court handed down the same sentence on ousted President Win Mind on the same charge, and also sentenced former Nairobi Governor Mio Ang to two years in prison. Accusation of “triggering”.
The court did not specify which prison the prisoners would be sent to. The sentence also refers to the political disqualification of prisoners in the presumptive case that the Board is holding an election, which has yet to be scheduled.
Dozens of cases filed after the coup are still pending against the Nobel Peace Prize, including corruption charges, violations of telecommunications regulations and violations of the law on official secrets. Suu Kyi’s lawyers, who have been barred from speaking to the media by the military junta, point out that their client denies all charges against her.
“A Fake Inquiry”
Former President of Chile, Michael Bachelet, Rejected the sentence against Suu Kyi and called for his release. The High Commissioner for Human Rights said in a statement that “the state councilor was convicted after a mock trial in a court controlled by the military.” For his part, the High Representative of the European Union (EU), Joseph Borel, Confirmed that these sentences “refer to another step towards the removal of the rule of law in Myanmar and the blatant violation of human rights.”
In that tone, there were protests from Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International (AI) and other human rights organizations. “The harsh punishment meted out to Aung San Suu Kyi on this false accusation is the latest example of the military’s determination to eliminate any opposition in Myanmar and suppress its independence,” said Ming Yu Ha, deputy director of Amnesty International’s Asia campaigns.
“The court’s absurd and corrupt decision is part of a catastrophic form of arbitrary sentencing that has resulted in the deaths of more than 1,300 people and thousands of prisoners since the February coup,” Ming said. Suu Kyi recalled that there were thousands of prisoners without details, who face the “terrible possibility” of spending years in prison for exercising their peaceful protest rights and disagreeing with the military junta.
The National Unity Government of Burma, the regime against the coup d’tat regime set up by the country’s democratic political forces, described the sentence against Suu Kyi as “illegal”. “All allegations of coup d’tat in political matters were null and void from the outset, so the courts’ rulings on these allegations are completely illegal,” said Thain O, Minister of Justice for the Opposition administration, according to the portal. Myanmar Now News.
A dictatorship with diplomatic crossroads between the West and the East
The UN Security Council and several governments, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan and the European Union, have called for Suu Kyi’s release. And others were detained by a military junta led by General Min Aung Hling. The military leader was expelled from the recent summits and meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) last April for failing to comply with certain agreements on ending violence and initiating dialogue.
“We demand the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all others who have been unjustly detained, including democratically elected officials.”Said the US Secretary of State Anthony Blink In a statement, he described the sentence as “an insult to democracy and justice”.
For his part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom, Liz Truss, Argued that the sentence against the former Burmese leader “It simply came to our notice then Myanmar Suppress the Opposition and Suppress Freedom and Democracy “. Therefore, “arbitrary detention of elected politicians increases the risk of deepening dissatisfaction,” Truss warned.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who heads ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), has said he would like to travel to Myanmar to meet with the increasingly isolated military from abroad, excluding diplomatic relations with Russia and China.
The coup plunged Myanmar into a deep political, social and economic crisis and unleashed a cycle of violence with new civilian fighters who exacerbated decades of guerrilla warfare. At least 1,300 people have died as a result of brutal repression by police and soldiers since the coup.According to the Daily Report of the Association for the Aid of Political Prisoners, peaceful protesters were shot dead. More than ten thousand The The protesters were arrested, Including Suu Kyi.