December 10, 2021 - 11:35 am

 Myanmar Deposed Suu Kyi 

A court in military-ruled Myanmar has found elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was removed by the generals when they seized power, guilty of charges of incitement and breaching coronavirus restrictions drawing International condemnation, widely dismissed as political motivated and sentenced her to detention at an undisclosed location. The sentence was reduced after a partial pardon from coup leaders and army chief Min Aung Hlaing.

                         The 76-year-old Nobel peace prize laureate is facing a total of 11 charges. She has been found guilty on two charges - of inciting the public against a military and breaching the covid-19 protocols in the country. The incitement charge stems from statements made on Facebook pages of Suu Kyi's party after she was detained by the military following a group that prevented her from starting the second term in office.

                         Suu Kyi's detention has sparked protests across Myanmar, demanding her release. Anti-military protests in Yangoon against the overthrow of the elected government resulted in at at least five deaths and 15 arrests. The case against Suu Kyi are widely seen as contrived to discredit her & keep her the from running in the next election. The constitution anyone sent to prison after being convicted of a crime from holding high office or becoming a lawmaker.

                         Since the coup, Myanmar has been in turmoil, paralyzed by protests and instability as the military uses force to crack down on coup opponents. The court's farcical and correct season is a part of a devastating pattern of arbitrary punishment that has seen more than 1,300 people killed and thousands arrested since the military coup in February. The Junta has alleged that the Suu Kyi won the election through massive voter fraud - a charge denied by the leader as well as previous election commission and international monitors. The international community must step up to protect civilians and hold perpetrators of grave violation to account and ensure humanitarian and health assistance is granted as a matter of utmost urgency.