Burma executes political prisoners for the first time in 30 years


 Burma executes political prisoners for the first time in 30 years

The Burmese military promised after their latest coup that they would not repeat their atrocities and in the last year and a half they have made an effort to deny it. Execution of four activists elevates them above their predecessors, ends more than three decades without death penalty in Burmaand justifies the worst fears about the future of the country.

The Junta Militar has confirmed this morning the executions after relatives came due to lack of News to Insein, the infamous colonial-era jail. They could not say goodbye to the condemned nor have they received their bodies. The four had been sentenced months before for “terrorist acts” varied and lost their appeals.

The coup government spokesman, Zaw Min Tun, had defended the sentences weeks ago, recalling that the death penalty is available. in force in many countries. “At least fifty innocent civilians, not counting military, died because of him. How can you say that this is not Justice? Strong actions are necessary at certain times & rdquor ;, he said in a television interview.

Persecution of activists

Among those executed there are distinguished activists. Kyaw Min Yu, 53, better known as Jimmy, had already led the student protests in 1988 against the previous military governmentand he was assiduous in jail. He was arrested in October after being accused of hiding weapons and ammunition in his apartment in Rangoon and advising the National Unity Government (NUG). It is a shadowy power that assumes internal legitimacy against the coup plotters and seeks external recognition, with little success on both counts.

Phyo Zeya Thaw, 41, was so known for his music as for politics. developed the second as a deputy of the National League for Democracy, the formation of the leader Aung San Suu Kyi. In the first he is glossed as the first rapper in the country and founder after a famous hiphop group, always with combative lyrics against the military dictatorship . He was arrested in November at his home in the capital in an operation with a hundred police and military personnel. Hla Myo Aung and Aung Thura Zaw, the rest of those executed, were sentenced for killing an alleged informer of the Junta.

Human Rights Violation

The organizations of human rightsthey fear that the frenzy will come to the scaffold after a hiatus of three decades. The Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners estimates that 76 detainees have been sentenced to death, including two children, and another 46 have been sentenced in absentia. Not even the military regime that governed with an iron fist between 1988 and 2011 he executed political prisoners.

Amnesty Internationalhas pointed out the “arbitrary” sentences as the epitome of the brutal human rights violations of the Junta. “The four were sentenced in deeply unfair and secret trials. The international community must act soon because more than a hundred people are on death row after having been sentenced in similar processes”, warned Erwin Van Der Borght, regional director of the organization.

Even Hun Sen, a Cambodian prime minister of dubious democratic standing, had called on his Burmese colleague in June to stop executions. Criticism has come today from the Asian neighborhood and the rest of the world. “The widespread and systematic murderings of protesters, the indiscriminate attacks on towns and now the execution of opposition leaders demand an immediate and firm response from members of the the UN”, the organization has requested.

The UN has already spoken. four months ago of practices by the military that approach war crimes or crimes against humanity. It cited civilians shot in the head, burned alive, arbitrarily arrested, tortured, or used as human shields. The execution of political prisoners is the latest episode in a history of barbarity that began in February of last year and no end in sight.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here