Myanmar Military Executes Democracy Activists

Myanmar’s military junta executed two prominent pro-democracy activists and two other men in the country’s first use of capital punishment in decades.

The military executed former National League for Democracy lawmaker Phyo Zayar Thaw, veteran democracy activist and writer Kyaw Min Yu, who is better known as Ko Jimmy, as well as Hla Myo Aung and Aung Thura Zaw, over terrorism charges, the Global New Light of Myanmar reported on July 25.

The state newspaper said that the military executed the four men as they “gave directives, made arrangements and committed conspiracies for brutal and inhumane terror acts.”

According to the newspaper, the military carried out the executions “under the prison’s procedure” without saying when or how the men were killed.

The military first announced the executions in June, which drew international condemnation.

Security forces arrested Phyo Zeya Thaw in November and sentenced him to death in January for alleged offenses under anti-terrorism laws.

Meanwhile, security forces arrested Ko Jimmy in October after being accused of hiding weapons and ammunition at an apartment in Yangon, as well as being an “advisor” to the National Unity Government.

Hla Myo Aung and Aung Thura Zaw were sentenced to death for killing a woman whom they alleged was an informant for the junta in Yangon.

The military has sentenced dozens of pro-democracy activists to death as part of its crackdown on civil disobedience campaigns after it seized power last year in a coup.

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