Suu Kyi trial set to open in Myanmar, junta rejects declaration by UN chief of rights
The trial of ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi was due to open on Monday, as the junta that toppled her elected government rejected criticism from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights over her appeal with lethal force against the demonstrators.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the junta seized power on February 1 and detained Suu Kyi and other high-ranking members of his party, sparking daily protests and fighting between the armed forces and the forces and militias. guerrilla groups of ethnic minorities.
Suu Kyi, 75, is to be tried on Monday for violating coronavirus regulations while campaigning for the election she won last November and also for possession of unlicensed walkie-talkies.
The first trial is expected to run until the end of July, his lawyer said.
Nobel laureate Suu Kyi also faces other more serious charges, including intent to incite, violation of the Official Secrets Act and charges of accepting $ 600,000 and 11.4 kg gold from the former chief minister of Yangon.
Its legal team has denied any wrongdoing by Suu Kyi and its chief lawyer Khin Maung Zaw has called the most recent corruption charges “absurd.”
Phil Robertson, Human Rights Watch’s deputy director for Asia, said in a statement that the charges against Suu Kyi “are false and politically motivated” and “should be dropped, resulting in her immediate and unconditional release.”
The military claims to have seized power by force because Suu Kyi’s party won the elections through electoral fraud, a charge rejected by the previous electoral commission and international observers.
Burmese security forces have killed at least 862 people in their crackdown on protests since the coup, according to the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners, an activist group, although the junta disputes the number.
Democracy supporters took to the streets of the main city of Yangon on Monday, with some chanting “Revolutionary War, we are participating,” according to social media posts.
Some activists have said they plan to hold a series of strikes and protests on Monday to coincide with the birthday of Che Guevara, a Latin American revolutionary who became an international icon after his death.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Friday that the violence was escalating and condemned the “scandalous” use by the army of heavy weapons.
Bachelet said the junta had shown no willingness to implement a five-point consensus it agreed with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in April to end the violence and start a dialogue with its opponents.
In a press release, Myanmar’s junta-led foreign ministry rejected Bachelet’s statement, questioning the report’s accuracy and impartiality.
“The report neither mentioned nor condemned acts of sabotage and terrorism committed by illegal associations and terrorist groups as well as the suffering and deaths of the security forces,” he said.
The junta called a rival national unity government established by supporters of Suu Kyi a terrorist group and blamed it for the bombings, arson and killings.
Burmese junta-controlled media on Monday accused an armed ethnic group of killing 25 construction workers in the east of the country after kidnapping a group of 47 people last month.
Reuters was unable to reach the Karen National Defense Organization (KNDO) to comment on the charge. The junta spokesman did not respond to calls for further comment.
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