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Myanmar court sentences San Suu Kyi to four years in jail; UN body, US, EU, UK flay development

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Naypyidaw, Dec 6 (MNN) As a Myanmar court sentenced ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four-year jail term for inciting dissent and breaking coronavirus rules on Monday, the UN human rights body as well as the European Union, the US and the UK condemned it and called for release of all political prisoners.

Suu Kyi, who has been in detention ever since the military coup in the country in February 2021 toppled her elected civilian government, has denied all 11 charges against her.

Former President Win Myint, who is an ally of Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, was also sentenced to four years in jail on similar charges.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet said it was a “sham trial” and the development will only “deepen the rejection of the coup”.

US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken said that the Burmese military regime’s “unjust conviction” of Aung San Suu Kyi and repression of other democratically elected officials are yet further affronts to democracy and justice in Burma.

“The regime’s continued disregard for the rule of law and its widespread use of violence against the Burmese people underscore the urgency of restoring Burma’s path to democracy.  We urge the regime to release Aung San Suu Kyi and all those unjustly detained, including other democratically elected officials.”

UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss called for the release of all political prisoners and return of democracy in Myanmar.

European Union High Representative Josep Borrell said that the trial of Win Myint, Aung San Suu Kyi and Myo Aung trial was “politically motivated”.

“It represents another step towards the dismantling of the rule of law and a further blatant violation of human rights in Myanmar.

“The European Union strongly condemns this politically motivated verdict, which constitutes another major setback for democracy in Myanmar since the military coup on February 1 2021.

He further said that the military’s actions show “complete contempt for the people’s will, expressed clearly in the November 2020 elections”.

The EU official said that since February 1, the Myanmar people have overwhelmingly rejected the military coup and demonstrated their unwavering desire for a nation in which the rule of law, human rights and democratic processes are respected, protected, and upheld.

“The failure so far to restore democracy, compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread violence and conflict, is driving the country towards a large-scale humanitarian crisis. It is imperative that the Myanmar military authorities allow a swift return of Myanmar to the path of democracy.”

The EU too reiterated its urgent calls for immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners as well as all those arbitrarily detained since the coup.

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