Death penalty in Myanmar after 50 years: Army hangs 4 including 2 democracy supporters, including former MP of Aung San Suu Kyi’s government

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Myanmar army has sentenced 4 pro-democracy to death. The army says that all four were accused of being involved in terrorist activities. Among those hanged were Democratic leader Ko Jimmy and former MP Phyo Jeya Tho of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s government.

In Myanmar, for the first time in five decades, someone has been hanged. According to the news agency Reuters, these activists were sentenced in January. Aung Myo Min, Human Rights Minister of the ‘National Unity Government’, which claims to be a civilian government, has dismissed the allegations against pro-democracy supporters. He said that giving death penalty is an attempt to rule the people through fear.

In addition to Quan, 53-year-old pro-democracy Kwai Min Yew was also hanged for violating the Anti-Terrorism Act. He was arrested in October last year. In addition to these, Hla Myo Ong and Ong Thura Jo, who were convicted of harassing and murdering a woman in March 2021 on suspicion of being army informers, were also hanged.

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Ellen Pearson, acting director of ‘Human Rights Watch’ in Asia, described the action taken against 4 people as cruel. He said- This is a politically motivated military action.
UN expert on human rights issues Thomas Andrew has called for a strong response to the matter.

Suu Kyi gets 4 years in prison
In December 2021, Myanmar’s Nobel laureate and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to 4 years in prison.

On the night of 1 February 2021 in Myanmar, the army had arrested Suu Kyi in a coup. Military leader General Min Aung Huling has been the Prime Minister of the country since then. He had said that in 2023 the emergency would be abolished and general elections would be held. The coup was followed by a bloody conflict in Myanmar. 940 people were killed in this

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