Myanmar’s ousted civilian chief, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, has been transferred from home arrest to jail and is being held in solitary confinement, in line with a spokesman for the army junta that seized energy final yr.
Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been convicted on half a dozen prices and sentenced to 11 years in jail, faces 13 extra counts with a most sentence of greater than 180 years.
The Nobel Peace Laureate, who turned 77 on Sunday, has lengthy embodied the nation’s battle for democracy and faces the prospect of spending the remainder of her life in jail if the army regime stays in energy.
Human rights advocates and a spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-Common, António Guterres, criticized her switch to jail on Wednesday and her placement in solitary confinement.
“I can let you know, we’re very involved about these newest developments, which works in opposition to every little thing we’ve been calling for,” mentioned Mr. Guterres’s spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, on Thursday.
Myanmar’s generals, who dominated the nation for almost 50 years, started stress-free their grip greater than a decade in the past and in 2016 started sharing energy with Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi after her social gathering, the Nationwide League for Democracy, received nationwide elections.
She led her social gathering to landslide election victories thrice over three a long time, however was allowed to affix in governing the nation solely as soon as. On the morning of Feb. 1, 2021, simply as she and her followers have been set to be sworn in for one more time period, the army reclaimed energy and arrested many social gathering leaders.
The coup triggered nationwide protests and a brutal crackdown by the army, often called the Tatmadaw. Troopers and the police have killed greater than 2,000 civilians — capturing a lot of them useless within the streets — and detained greater than 11,200 political prisoners, in line with the Help Affiliation for Political Prisoners.
Many professional-democracy activists have fled to the jungle and joined a rising Folks’s Protection Drive that has been battling regime troops in lots of elements of the nation.
In latest weeks, the junta has threatened to execute democracy activists detained for opposing the regime, together with U Kyaw Min Yu, higher often called Ko Jimmy, and the opposition lawmaker U Phyo Zayar Thaw, a former hip-hop artist. Each have been sentenced to loss of life in January below Myanmar’s counterterrorism regulation throughout trials that have been closed to the general public.
Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, the daughter of Myanmar’s independence hero, Gen. Aung San, spent greater than 15 years below home arrest earlier than her launch in 2010. Throughout that point, she was locked up for transient durations on the infamous Insein Jail.
Because the coup, she had been held below home arrest in undisclosed areas close to Naypyidaw, the capital, till Wednesday, when she was transferred to a jail within the metropolis. The transfer got here after employees completed constructing a brand new courtroom contained in the jail.
“She was transferred from home arrest to the jail on June 22, in line with the regulation,” Maj. Gen. Zaw Min Tun, a junta spokesman, mentioned in an announcement Thursday. “She is being handled nicely and is in solitary confinement in jail.”
An individual near Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi who requested to not be recognized for concern of retribution, mentioned that she was in good well being however was compelled to go away behind her beloved canine, Taichito, a present from her youthful son.
Jail officers mentioned Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi was anticipated to put on a jail uniform and to observe jail guidelines.
U Kyee Myint, a former jail warden and lawyer in Yangon who has defended many political prisoners, mentioned that the coup’s chief, Sr. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, was pushed by his longstanding “hatred” of Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi.
“It is vitally ugly that Min Aung Hlaing took energy illegally and filed ridiculous prices in opposition to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and despatched her to jail,” he mentioned. “Even below earlier regimes, she was stored below home arrest.”
Phil Robertson, the deputy Asia director for Human Rights Watch, urged the Affiliation of Southeast Asian Nations, of which Myanmar is a member, to talk out in opposition to her imprisonment and strain the regime to free her.
“The fees in opposition to her are politically motivated and bogus, and he or she has been imprisoned by a kangaroo court docket wholly beholden to the army,” he mentioned. “This isn’t justice; that is political retribution.”