Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi jailing sparks global outrage
07 December 2021 | 12:13 pm
Governments and international organizations have said Myanmar's most prominent pro-democracy figure did not receive a fair trial, and accuse the ruling junta of sacking the rule of law in a bid to hold power.
Opponents of the Myanmar’s military regime have called for a national uprising. The National Unity Government said a "defensive war" was being declared.
UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has called for urgent action to curb the "terrible and tragic" consequences of the conflict. She also cited an economic and political crisis made worse by the coronavirus pandemic.
Myanmar's ousted leader is being tried by the military junta on a series of charges including corruption and inciting public unrest. According to her lawyer, the 76-year-old has asked for a less strenuous court schedule.
Myanmar's junta chief will be replaced by a non-political representative at a summit of southeast Asian nations later this month. ASEAN has grown frustrated about the crackdown following February's military coup.
Myanmar starts to release prisoners detained for taking part in anti-coup protests from Yangon's notorious Insein prison, where they are greeted by tearful relatives. The head of the country's military junta announced Monday the release of more than 5,000 people jailed for protesting against February's coup, days after he was excluded from an October summit by regional bloc ASEAN.
"These tactics are ominously reminiscent of those employed by the military before its genocidal attacks against the Rohingya," the UN report has warned, calling on countries to deny the junta money and legitimacy.
In Myanmar, a Buddhist monk has become a symbol of hope for thousands, who believe him to be an antidote to their “three catastrophes”: the military's ousting of the government, the Covid-19 pandemic and an economy ruined by nearly nine months of unrest.
The new charges levied by Myanmar’s military junta mean that Danny Fenster, who has been detained since May, could now face a life sentence.
Danny Fenster was sentenced on several charges, including incitement for allegedly spreading false or inflammatory information. He is the first Western journalist to be jailed in Myanmar in years.
Nine months after the military coup in Myanmar, this team of investigators works together with Myanmar citizens, witnesses and journalists, who can anonymously submit photos and videos online.Myanmar Witness then verifies and archives these online claims, which can be used as potential evidence in future human rights proceedings.We tell you more on this segment of Truth or Fake.
According to an investigation by AP news, Myanmar's military has been systematically torturing detainees in the wake of pro-democracy protests in the country. The military junta has arrested more than 7,000 people since a coup in February of this year.
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