Myanmar executes democracy activists in new flip in opposition to opposition

4 prisoners, together with a former lawmaker from Aung San Suu Kyi’s get together, have been executed by Myanmar’s army council, state media mentioned on Monday, within the nation’s first use of the demise penalty in many years.

The World New Mild of Myanmar mentioned the 4, together with one other outstanding democracy activist, had been executed for main “brutal and inhuman acts of terrorism”.

The newspaper mentioned the executions had been carried out “as per jail procedures” with out saying when or how the 4 males had been killed.

The ruling army council has sentenced dozens of anti-coup activists to demise in its crackdown on dissent after seizing energy final 12 months, however Myanmar has not carried out the demise sentence in many years.

Phyo Zeya Thaw, a former NLD MP for Suu Kyi who was arrested in November, was sentenced to demise in January for offenses beneath anti-terror legal guidelines.

Outstanding Democratic activist Kyaw Min Yu – higher often known as “Jimmy” – obtained the identical sentence from the army courtroom.

The opposite two males had been sentenced to demise for the homicide of a girl they claimed was an informant for the Yangon Navy Council.

Diplomatic indictment, Myanmar’s Nationwide Unity Authorities, a shadow administration banned by the ruling army junta, has condemned the reported executions, as have worldwide human rights screens.

“Very unhappy… to sentence the junta’s cruelty within the strongest phrases if that’s the case,” Kyaw Zaw, a spokesman for the college’s president’s workplace, informed Reuters in a message. “The worldwide neighborhood should punish their cruelty.”

“I’m offended and astonished by the information of the army junta’s execution of Myanmar patriots and champions of human rights and democracy,” mentioned the UN Particular Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Tom Andrews. “These corrupt actions ought to be a turning level for the worldwide neighborhood.”

Human Rights Watch and the Worldwide Disaster Group additionally expressed their dismay.

Myanmar’s army council has already confronted heavy criticism from worldwide powers when officers introduced final month their intention to hold out the demise sentences.

United Nations Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres condemned the junta’s choice, describing it as a “flagrant violation of the appropriate to life, liberty and private safety.”

Phyo Zeya Thaw has been accused of orchestrating a number of assaults on regime forces, together with an armed assault on a commuter prepare in Yangon in August that killed 5 policemen.

A hip-hop pioneer whose disruptive songs angered the previous junta, he was imprisoned in 2008 for membership in an unlawful group and possession of overseas foreign money.

He was elected to parliament for the NLD led by Aung San Suu Kyi within the 2015 elections, which heralded the transition to civilian rule.

The nation’s army alleged election fraud throughout the 2020 elections – which the NLD overwhelmingly received – to justify its February 1 coup final 12 months.

Suu Kyi has since been arrested and faces a slew of costs within the junta courtroom that might face a jail sentence of greater than 150 years.

Kyaw Min Yew, who got here to prominence throughout Myanmar’s 1988 scholar rebellion in opposition to the nation’s former army regime, was arrested in an in a single day raid in October.

(France 24 with Agence France-Presse and Reuters)

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