Burmese junta executes two pro-democracy rivals

Burmese junta executes cute two pro-democracy rivals

Phyo Zeya Thaw, a former National League for Democracy lawmaker, in 2012. He and three others were executed, state media said on Monday.

The junta Myanmar has executed four prisoners, including a former pro-democracy lawmaker from Aung San Suu Kyi's party and a well-known opponent, state media said on Monday, in Myanmar's first application of the death penalty. for more than three decades.

The four had been convicted of brutal and inhumane acts of terror and the executions followed prison procedures, state newspaper Global New Light of Myanmar claimed, without specifying how. nor when they were carried out.

Since the military coup of February 1, 2021, dozens of opponents of the junta have been sentenced to death, but no executions had taken place so far.

Phyo Zeya Thaw, 41, a former member of the National League for Democracy (NLD), was arrested in November and convicted in January of violating the anti-terrorism law.

This pioneer hip-hop in Burma, whose lyrics were already critical of the army in the early 2000s, had been imprisoned in 2008 for membership in an illegal organization and possession of foreign currency.

He won a deputy seat in the 2015 elections, during the transition that began between military power and a civilian government.

The junta accused him of orchestrating several attacks against the regime, including an attack on a train in which five policemen were killed last August in Yangon.

Kyaw Min Yu, 53, said Jimmy, was a writer and lifelong opponent of the military, famous for his role in the 1988 student uprising against the then military junta. He had been arrested in October and sentenced in January.

The other two prisoners executed are two men accused of killing a woman they suspected of being a junta informant.

The junta had done knowing last month that she intended to carry out these executions, attracting a shower of international condemnations. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres had denounced a flagrant violation of the right to life, liberty and security of persons.

The last execution in Burma was in 1988, according to a UN expert report last June, which counted 114 death sentences since the coup.

These experts had pointed out that martial law granted the military the possibility of pronouncing the death penalty for 23 vague and broadly defined offenses, and in practice for any criticism against the power.

They had warned that the executions could accelerate if the international community did not react.

The four executions announced on Monday are an outrageous act that will create political shock waves, now and for a long time, reacted on Twitter Richard Horsey, Burma expert with the International Crisis Group (ICG).

These executions risk accentuating the x27;international isolation of the Burmese military, who seized power by force on February 1, 2021 under the pretext of alleged fraud in the previous year's elections, won overwhelmingly by the NLD.

The junta has since continued a bloody crackdown, with more than 2,000 civilians killed and more than 15,000 arrested since the coup, according to a local NGO.

Among those arrested is former leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, 77, who faces p several charges that could earn him up to 150 years in prison in total.

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