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UN Urged The Myanmar Military To Release Aung San Suu Kyi

July 3, 2021

UN spokesperson said Antonio Guterres urged Myanmar’s military to release Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint immediately after thousands of other detainees were freed five months after the coup.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government was overthrown by the army on February 1 when it took control of the country.
“We reiterate our call for the immediate release of all those arbitrarily detained, including Win Myint and Aung San Suu Kyi,” Eri Kaneko, Guterres’ associate spokesperson, said on Thursday.
The military said more than 2,000 people were detained on incitement charges for participating in protests, including journalists and others.
Many of the military’s opponents have been jailed and convicted under a law that criminalizes statements that could spread fear or misinformation. She remains in detention for an offense related to this among others.
The continued use of violence and intimidation by the security forces, including arbitrary arrests, remains deeply concerning, said Kaneko.
The burning of army uniforms
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Myanmar’s biggest city, Yangon, on Thursday to mark the fifth month since the coup. They set fire to an army uniform and chanted for democracy.
In many parts of Southeast Asia, protests against the army are held daily, but this was one of the largest protests in Myanmar in recent weeks.
What are our goals? I love democracy! I love democracy!While throwing colorful smoke flares through the street, protesters chanted.
In the name of the people! A video published by Reuters shows them shouting “For the people!”.
Reuters was unable to contact a military spokesman for comment.
Since the coup, Myanmar’s army has struggled to assert its authority. There have been protests, strikes that have paralyzed the public and private sectors, and a resurgence of border conflicts.

Aung San Suu Kyi Charged With Bribery By Myanmar Military

June 13, 2021

Aung San Suu Kyi has been charged with corruption by Myanmar’s military authorities, the most serious charge against her to date.

Suu Kyi is accused of accepting cash and gold in bribes and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Six other charges are pending against her, including illegally importing walkie-talkies and inciting public unrest.

In a coup on 1 February 2021, the former state counsellor was arrested.

Since then, she has been held under house arrest and has barely been seen or heard from except for brief court appearances.

According to a press release issued by the military council, Suu Kyi accepted $600,000 (£425,000) in bribes and seven pieces of gold.

Additionally, it alleged that the previous civilian government – the National League for Democracy (NLD) – had lost substantial amounts of money in land deals. As well as Suu Kyi, who spent years under house arrest during previous periods of military rule, several other former officials face similar charges of corruption and bribery.

Previously, Suu Kyi had been charged with breaking the official secrets act, which carries a sentence of up to 14 years in prison.

After the general elections in 2020, Myanmar’s military seized power on allegations of voter fraud.

However, independent election monitors say the election was mostly free and fair, and the charges against Ms Suu Kyi are widely viewed as politically motivated.

Due to her enduring popularity, they will likely be used to disqualify her from running in future elections.

Khin Maung Zaw, her lawyer, said the corruption charges are absurd and that she could face long prison terms if found guilty.

“That’s one of the reasons to charge her,” he said.

Burma’s military has brutally suppressed pro-democracy protesters following the coup.

According to the monitoring group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), security forces have killed more than 800 people and detained nearly 5,000 people to date.

The charges against Aung San Suu Kyi:
Corruption, which carries a maximum jail term of 15 years;
Violation of the official secrets act, which carries a maximum jail term of 14 years
Illegally importing walkie-talkies, which carries a maximum jail term of three years
Importing walkie-talkies, which carries a maximum jail term of one year
Violation of a natural disaster law, which carries a maximum jail term of three years
Inciting public unrest, which carries a maximum jail term of three years

The Supreme Court of Myanmar Has Taken Over Aung San Suu Kyi’s Case

May 21, 2021

The Supreme Court controlled by the junta have taken over the official secrets case against ousted State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, her economic advisor, and three of her cabinet members.

After the hearing at Yangon’s eastern district court-held via video link recently-a member of Suu Kyi’s defense team said the judge didn’t specify the reason for the intervention.

San Marlar Nyunt told reporters that because the case file was no longer at Eastern District Court, the judge was unable to proceed and only provided us with the new hearing schedule.

The 1923 law stipulates that possession, collection, recording, publication, or sharing of state information that could be useful to an enemy is unlawful and Suu Kyi faces a 14-year sentence.

Kyaw Win, his successor Soe Win, and deputy minister Set Aung face the same charges, as does Australian economist Sean Turnell. 

The supreme court can request a case file for unusual cases. They have the right to do that, San Marlar Nyunt said. The next hearing will take place on June 3rd, 2021. 

The defense team has been called again to the eastern district court in Yangon for a hearing, but it is unclear whether the case will actually be heard there, she added.

In the video call, Suu Kyi again requested an in-person meeting with her five-member defence team, but her lawyers were not present. In a recording shown to them by the judge, Suu Kyi repeatedly asked that the judge give her a personal meeting with her lawyers.

The 75-year-old faces five additional charges in Naypyitaw and a total prison sentence of up to 26 years.

The Official Secrets Act charge was accompanied by accusations of inciting her husband to commit murder, violating the Importation and Export Law, and violating the Telecommunications Law.

Last year, she was also charged with two counts of violating Covid-19 rules while campaigning.

Since the military overthrew her government on February 1, 2021, Suu Kyi has not been able to meet with her lawyers in person.

After almost four months in detention, she is due to finally have a meeting next week, though not a private one. 

Suu Kyi’s hearing on Monday will be held near her residence, where she is under house arrest, rather than via video call, a judge told defence lawyers in Naypyitaw earlier this month.

A Massacre Is Going On In Myanmar (Burma)

March 29, 2021

About 90 people were killed by the Myanmar government’s security services. This is considered to be the worst atrocity since the military took over the government in February 2021.
According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), this massacre included children.
Tha Ya Zaw, a Myanmar resident, says they are killing her people like birds or chickens. They have no problem killing them in their homes.
The people of Myanmar will not stop protesting.
Despite the government warning the protester several times, the massacre occurred on Armed Forces Day.
The United States, The United Kingdom, and the European Union have denounced the massacre. The foreign secretary of the UK sees it as a new low.
According to the AAPP, more people will die in this massacre.
Since February 1st of 2021, more than 4,000 people have been killed.
The opposition-led Aung San Suu Kyi party won the last election by a wide margin. However, the military rejected the election results and took control of the government in February.
About 1 or 2 days prior to the massacre, protesters had been gathering across Myanmar.
On the evening of the first day of protest, State TV warned that people could be shot in the head and back if they continued to protest.
Security forces were deployed in force to quell protests.
After the massacre, pictures on social media showed families mourning and people with gunshot wounds.
One Myanmar citizen believes that it is a massacre now, not a crackdown.
About 40 locations were subjected to live ammunition crackdowns.
As reported on Myanmar Now, a local news website for the country formerly called Burma, 114 people have died in the most recent crackdown in the country. The UN has made reports of hundreds of injured and scores of deaths.
Among the many fatalities, a teenage girl was shot and killed in her own home.
According to the US embassy in Myanmar, there was an incident where the US cultural center was shot at. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident.
The military also had time to attack the ethnic group Karen National Union, which had seized an Army post near Thailand in the eastern part of Myanmar.