fredag 10. desember 2021

Aung San Suu Kyi is back behind bars. But that won't stop Myanmar's pro-democracy movement

Global condemnation followed the jailing of Myanmar's ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyion Monday. United Nations Special Rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar, Tom Andrews, called the verdict a "theater of the absurd" and described the country's ruling junta as "a criminal gang." Human Rights Watch said the military was "using this sham court proceeding to wipe out all opposition to military dictatorship."

Her sentence, initially four years in prison on charges of incitement and breaking Covid-19 rules during election campaigning, was later reduced to two years by the junta, according to state TV. But the Nobel Peace laureate still faces 10 more charges that could see her imprisoned for the rest of her life. The verdict was not surprising. Suu Kyi, 76, was Myanmar's state counselor and de facto leader of the country before she was ousted and detained by the military when it seized power 10 months ago.