Civil Societies, US, and UN Decry Myanmar Junta’s Planned Executions of Activists

Civil societies, the US, and the UN decried the Myanmar Junta’s planned execution of two prominent leaders accused of treason and terrorism.

“First of all, it’s not a fair trial because they lost their legal rights to defend [themselves] at the military tribunal,” Norway-based legal analyst Min Lwin Oo said in a joint statement signed by almost 200 civil organizations. 

On Sunday, the United States strongly denounced the decision and urged for the release of “all unjustly detained.” 

“The United States strongly condemns the Burmese military regime’s reported plans to execute pro-democracy and opposition leaders, exemplifying the regime’s disregard for human rights and the rule of law,” US State Department spokesperson Ned Price tweeted

On Friday, the Office of the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General released a statement saying that the “UN is deeply troubled” by the planned execution.  

The office also called on the junta to “drop all charges against those arrested on charges related to the exercise of their fundamental freedoms and rights,” and “to release all political prisoners.” 

Meanwhile, legal expert and political analyst Kyi Myint warned of “unimaginably big repercussions and serious acts of revenge” against the regime, while Myanmar’s shadow National Unity Government (NUG) warned of widespread outrage if the junta goes ahead with executing two of the country’s best-known political dissidents. 

Early Friday, junta spokesperson General Zaw Min Tun announced the rejection of the appeals, and that the junta will go ahead with the execution of a former lawmaker from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, and a prominent democracy activist.

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