Executing This Hip-Hop Star Could Be Rogue State’s Biggest Mistake
His story has become the stuff of legend. In mid-November 2021, 400 Myanmar military soldiers went on a mission to arrest one man in Yangon: a hip-hop star named Zeya Thaw. Over the last 10 years, he’d become a politician and close ally of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, but that was hardly the primary reason for his dramatic arrest. Aside from being one of the foremost pioneers of Myanmar hip-hop, Zeya Thaw was also the head of the armed resistance in Yangon.
© Wason Wanichakorn, AP (Archives) Aung San Suu Kyi at the Asean-Onu summit in Nonthaburi in, Thailand, November 3, 2019.
Burmese junta On Monday sentenced ex-leader Aung San Suu Kyi to an additional six years in prison during a river trial. This sentence is added to the eleven other years of detention pronounced against the Nobel Peace.
Six years of additional detention against Aung San Suu Kyi . The 77 -year -old Nobel Peace Prize, which had already been sentenced for a total of eleven years of detention during a river trial, was found Monday, August 15, guilty of four corruption charges .
Appeared in good health at the military court, according to a source close to the file, she did not comment after reading the judgment. It is a "affront to justice and the rule of law," reacted a spokesperson for the American State Department, calling for the "immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all those Unjustly detained, including democratically elected representatives. "
Australian academic Sean Turnell detained in Myanmar pleads not guilty in closed court
An Australian academic who is being tried with ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on charges of violating the country's official secrets law testifies in court.Sean Turnell, an economist at Sydney's Macquarie University, had served as an adviser to Ms Suu Kyi, who was arrested when her elected government was ousted by the army on February 1 last year.
placed in isolation
arrested during the military coup of February 1, 2021, Aung San Suu Kyi was placed in isolation in a prison in Naycyidaw at the end of June.
It is in this penitentiary establishment in the capital that its trial continues, which started over a year ago, behind closed doors. His lawyers are also prohibited from speaking to the press and international organizations.
It is targeted by a multitude of offenses: violation of a law on state secrets dating from the colonial era, electoral fraud, sedition, corruption ... It risks decades in prison.
At the end of April, the Nobel Prize was sentenced to five years in prison under the anti-corruption law, for having received 600,000 dollars and more than 11 kilos of gold from the former minister in charge of The Rangoun region.
Myanmar junta curbs political parties meeting foreigners
Myanmar's ruling junta has moved to restrict political parties from meeting foreigners or international organisations ahead of an election expected next year. The junta-stacked Union Election Commission said Friday that the country's 92 registered political parties would have to ask for permission if they wished to meet foreign organisations or individuals. "Political parties need to respect the law. If they fail to do so their party's registration will be dissolved," the commission said in a statement.
It had been judged before for importing and illegal possession of Talkies-Walkies, violation of restrictions linked to the COVID-19 and incentive to public disorders.
"Deaf to national and international indignation, the trials to punish Suu Kyi and his relatives are intended to erase the democratic past" from Burma, reacted to AFP the political analyst David Mathieson.
"Their intention is clear for everyone, except for the international community", whose sanctions are deemed too light by certain observers, he continued.
Many voices denounce a motivated judicial relentlessness, according to them, by political considerations: to permanently put the daughter of the hero of independence and a great winner of the 2015 and 2020 elections. Sentenced to heavy penalties: 75 years in prison for a former minister, 20 years for one of his employees. A former member of his party sentenced to death, Phyo Zeya Thaw, was executed at the end of July.
Burma: Six years in prison for Aung San Suu Kyi
The Nobel Peace Prize, 77, had already been sentenced for a total of eleven years of detention. © Handout / Myanmar Minister of Information / AFP The Burmese junta tightens her vice against Aung San Suu Kyi: The former leader was sentenced to an additional six years in prison during a river trial on Monday, denounced as a policy by the international community.
others have exiled or entered hiding. Part of these fallen elected officials have formed a "government of national unity" (NUG), but the latter does not control any territory and has not been recognized by any foreign government.
AUNG SAN SUU KYI remains a very popular figure in Burma, even if its international image has been blurred by its inability to defend the Muslim minority of the Rohingya, victims of army abuses in 2016 and 2017, qualified as "genocide" by Washington.
The ASEAN Special Envoy (Association of Nations of Southeast Asia) for Burma, mandated to find an exit from the crisis, was not allowed to meet her during her most recent visit, end June.
The ruling army, it defends its project to organize elections in the summer of 2023. The United States has already rejected this "simulacrum" of elections which can be "neither free nor just under the current conditions ", According to Secretary of State, Antony Blinken.
The junta, increasingly isolated on the international scene, took power by force under the pretext of alleged fraud in the previous year, overwhelmingly won by the party of Aung San Suu Kyi, ending a decade of democratic transition.
The putsch plunged the country into chaos. Nearly 2,100 civilians were killed by the security forces and more than 15,000 orders, according to a local NGO.
UN envoy tells Myanmar military to halt executions, end violence .
Noeleen Heyzer held direct talks with army chief, but was unable to meet jailed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.The military seized power in February 2021, hours before the country’s new parliament was due to sit, detaining elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and members of her civilian government.