The UN and the G7 condemned the executions of political prisoners and the contempt for democracy by the Burmese Military Junta

FILE PHOTO: Myanmar’s junta chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who ousted the elected government in a coup on February 1, 2021, presides over an army parade on Armed Forces Day in Naypyidaw. , Myanmar, on March 27, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo (Stringer ./)

The UN Security Council has condemned the execution of four democratic activists opposed to the Burmese military junta and has called for the release of arbitrarily detained prisonersincluding deposed leader Aung San Suu Sky and president Win Myint.

The 15 members of the Security Council (five permanent and ten temporary) condemned the executions during their meeting on Wednesday at the UN headquarters and made a call to continue the dialogue “with all the parties involved and to “reconciliation in accordance with the will and interests of the people of Myanmar”according to the statement.

The sentence, endorsed by members close to the Burmese regime, such as Russia and Chinawas accompanied by support for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which on Monday harshly condemned the executions and stressed that they hinder the roadmap to stabilize the country.

The fifteen members of the Security Council supported ASEAN in its efforts to implement the five points of consensus agreed upon with the Burmese regime more than a year ago, including the end of the violence against civilians and the beginning of a dialogue between all the parties involved in the conflict.

FILE PHOTO: The United Nations Security Council assembly meets at the UN headquarters in New York, United States, March 29, 2022. REUTERS/David 'Dee' Delgado
FILE PHOTO: The United Nations Security Council assembly convenes at the UN headquarters in New York, United States, March 29, 2022. REUTERS/David ‘Dee’ Delgado

The Security Council also called for “the immediate cessation of all forms of violence, including attacks on infrastructure and health and educational centers”, and reiterated their support for the “democratic transition” of Myanmar.

For its part, the foreign ministers of the G7, the world’s seven great industrial powers, also condemned in the strongest terms the execution of the four opposition activists in Myanmar and the “contempt for democracy” evidenced by its Military Junta.

“These executions, the first in more than thirty years in Myanmar, as well as the fact that there was no fair trial, show the contempt of the Board towards people who tirelessly fight for democracy”, states the statement issued by the group’s German rotating presidency.

The group of seven powers – the United States, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, France and Italy, in addition to Germany – also expresses its solidarity to all victims who have suffered repression, torture or death since the Military Junta seized power, in 2021.

People protest after the executions, in Yangon, Myanmar, on July 25, 2022 This screenshot obtained from a social media video.  Lu Nge Khit/via REUTERS
People protest after the executions, in Yangon, Myanmar, on July 25, 2022 This screenshot obtained from a social media video. Lu Nge Khit/via REUTERS (LU NGE KHIT/)

The G7 also urges Myanmar to put an “immediate” end to “arbitrary” executions, release all political prisoners and return the country to the path of democracy.

The Burmese military junta that came to power after the February 2021 coup announced on Monday the execution of four pro-democracy activists accused of “terrorist acts”, the first in decades in the Asian country.

Among those executed are the former parliamentarian of the National League for Democracy Phyo Zeya Thaw and activist Ko Jimmyconvicted in January on terrorism charges in connection with their activities against the junta.

Kyaw Min Yu, also known as Ko Jimmy and Phyo Zeyar Thaw, two of four democracy activists executed by the Myanmar military authorities, accused of helping carry out
Kyaw Min Yu, also known as Ko Jimmy and Phyo Zeyar Thaw, Two of Four Democracy Activists Executed by Myanmar Military Authorities, Accused of Helping Carry Out “Terrorist Acts”, State Media, in Captures undated screenshot taken from a distributed video. MRTV/Handout via REUTERS (MRTV/)

The executions were carried out despite strong internal and external pressure for their cancellation and have triggered concern about the hundred or so people sentenced to death in the country, plunged into a political, economic and social crisis since the military coup of the February 1, 2021.

General Min Aung Hlain’s seizure of power was accompanied by the jailing of major opponents, including deposed leader Suu Kyiand of a strong repression that has cost the lives of at least 2,131 people.

(With information from EFE)

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