Reactions to four-year prison sentence for Burmese Aung San Suu Kyi

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BANGKOK – Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to four years in prison on Monday for incitement and violating coronavirus restrictions in a case her supporters have called political.

President Win Myint was also sentenced to four years after the court delivered its first verdicts against civilian leaders detained after a military coup on February 1.

Here are some reactions:

MICHELLE BACHELET, HIGH COMMISSIONER OF THE UNITED NATIONS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS:

“The conviction of the Councilor of State following a sham trial in the context of a secret procedure before a court controlled by the army is only politically motivated. This is not just an arbitrary denial of his freedom – it closes yet another door to political dialogue.

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“The army is trying to use the courts to eliminate all political opposition. But these cases cannot provide a legal veneer to the illegitimacy of the coup and the military regime. “

“This verdict against Aung San Suu Kyi will only deepen the rejection of the coup. It will harden positions while there is a need for dialogue and a peaceful and political settlement of this crisis. “

DR SASA, SPOKESPERSON OF THE ADMINISTRATION OF CIVIL SHADOW IN EXILE FROM MYANMAR, THE GOVERNMENT OF NATIONAL UNITY:

“Today is a shameful day for the rule of law, justice and accountability in Myanmar. The brutal military junta today confirmed that it considers itself above the law.

“The global community needs to target more sanctions against the military, their personnel, the companies they own, and all known subsidiaries and intermediaries. “

LIZ TRUSS, BRITISH FOREIGN AFFAIRS SECRETARY:

“The conviction of Aung San Suu Kyi is another appalling attempt by the Myanmar military regime to stifle opposition and suppress freedom and democracy.

“The UK calls on the regime to release political prisoners, engage in dialogue and allow a return to democracy. The arbitrary detention of elected politicians only risks aggravating the unrest.

ZHAO LIJIAN, SPOKESMAN, CHINESE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, BEIJING:

“As a friendly neighbor, we sincerely hope that all parties in Myanmar proceed from the country’s long-term interests, bridge their differences in the constitutional and legal framework, and continue to advance the hard-won democratic transition suited to the country’s national situation. Myanmar. conditions, ”he said in response to a question during a regular briefing.

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JOSEP BORRELL, THE BEST DIPLOMATE IN THE EUROPEAN UNION

“The European Union reiterates its urgent calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners as well as all those arbitrarily detained since the coup.

RICHARD HORSEY, MYANMAR ANALYST, INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP:

“The accusations were ridiculous, designed as retaliation against popular leaders. The guilty verdicts and prison terms are therefore no surprise.

“No one other than the regime itself will be convinced by this result.”

ASEAN PARLIAMENTARIANS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS:

“Since the day of the coup, it is clear that the charges against Aung San Suu Kyi and dozens of other detained deputies were just an excuse by the junta to justify their illegal seizure of power.

“This condemnation is further proof that, for its own credibility and its future, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) must hold the line against this illegal takeover.

“We continue our call for ASEAN to ban all junta representatives from its meetings, prevent junta generals from traveling to the region, and engage with the duly elected government of national unity. “

MING YU HAH, DEPUTY REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF CAMPAIGNS FOR THE RIGHTS OF THE AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL GROUP:

“The ridiculous and corrupt decision of the court is part of a devastating pattern of arbitrary punishments that has left more than 1,300 dead and thousands of arrests since the February military coup.

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“There are many detainees without the profile of Aung San Suu Kyi who currently face the terrifying prospect of years behind bars simply for exercising their human rights peacefully. We must not forget them and leave them to their fate.

AUTHOR AND HISTORIAN THANT MYINT U:

“Removing Aung San Suu Kyi from politics is not a by-product of the coup, it was the sole reason for the coup.

“Many in the current generation of generals had come to believe that the reformist ex-generals of 10 years ago had gone too far in their political liberalizations and made a specific mistake in allowing him to return to the political arena.

“She remains by far the most popular (figure) in Burmese politics and can still be a powerful force in what is to come.”

DECLARATION BY THE JAPANESE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

“The verdict is an unfavorable development as members of the international community, including Japan, demand a swift restoration of the democratic political system in Myanmar, and we are concerned. (Reporting by Reuters; written by Kay Johnson; edited by Clarence Fernandez and Nick Macfie)

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