Myanmar: Military government sentenced pro-democracy activist to death

Myanmar: Military government sentenced pro-democracy activist to death

naipedow, Myanmar’s junta (military) government has sentenced four prisoners to death, including a former legislator of Aung San Suu Kyi’s party and a prominent activist. According to state media, the death penalty in the country has been given to a person after several decades.

According to the Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper, all four have been sentenced to death on charges of cruel and inhuman terrorist acts. All four will be hanged under the prescribed procedure of the jail. However, when and where the punishment will be given, it has not been told.

Dozens of activists have been sentenced to death since the military took over the government, but no one has been executed in Myanmar for decades.

Suu Kyi, former of the National League for Democracy (NLD) Member of parliament Phyo Zeya Thaw was sentenced to death under the Terror Act in January. In the past, pro-democracy activist Kyaw Min Yu was also sentenced to death by a military court.

United Nations condemned

Many countries globally have condemned Myanmar since the Junta government’s decision to impose the death penalty. Myanmar’s military has been embroiled in controversy for already imprisoning hundreds of activists demanding democracy, and the United Nations has now protested the death penalty.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called the execution a gross violation of the right to life, liberty and safety of the individual.

Not a single person has been hanged in Myanmar since 1988. In such a situation, the UN fears that if even a single person is hanged, it will start the practice of hanging again in the country.

a year ago there was a coup

Myanmar’s military staged a coup a year ago, saying the 2020 elections were heavily manipulated by Aung San Suu Kyi. Since then the army has been running the government.

Aung San Suu can get 150 years in prison

The army had arrested former prime minister Aung San Suu Kyi after the coup. The charges against which Aung San Suu Kyi is facing trial have provisions for a 150-year sentence.

Tags: Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar

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