The Sentencing of Aung San Suu Kyi
Updated: Aug 22, 2022
Aung San Suu Kyi has been in detention since a military coup in February toppled her elected civilian government. A court in Myanmar has sentenced the 76-year old to four more years in prison, in the latest of a series of trials.
Aung San Suu Kyi was convicted in December for the first time. However, her sentence was reduced from four two years in jail.
She was convicted for breaking Covid-19 regulations, it was argued that waving to her supporters whilst wearing a mask and a face shield posed an unnecessary threat to the public and was out of compliance with the regulations. Also, Suu Kyi is being convicted for the illegal possession and supposed importation of walkie-talkies. Suu Kyi faces 11 charges in total and denies them all. They have been widely condemned as unjust.
Michelle Bachelet, UN Human Rights chief, condemned the trial as a ‘sham trial’ and claimed it would ‘deepen the rejection of the coup’.
Aung San Suu Kyi is one of over ten thousand individuals that have been arrested by the junta since February 2021. On top of this, at least 1000 individuals have been murdered.
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Written by Aniqa Akhter