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US, rights groups condemn executions in Myanmar

The United States on Monday condemned Myanmar’s execution of political activists and elected officials and called on the military government to immediately end the violence.

“The United States condemns in the strongest terms the Burmese military regime’s heinous execution of pro-democracy activists and elected leaders,” the National Security Council said in a statement. Myanmar is also known as Burma.

The United States called on Myanmar’s rulers to “release those they have unjustly detained and allow a peaceful return to democracy in accordance with the wishes of the Burmese people.”

Myanmar state media said the Southeast Asian nation has executed four pro-democracy activists it has accused of helping carry out “terrorist acts” against the government that seized power last year in a coup. The four had been sentenced to death in January in a closed trial.

Those executed were democrat Kyaw Min Yu, better known as Jimmy; former lawmaker and hip-hop artist Phyo Zeya Thaw, an ally of ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi; and two others, Hla Myo Aung and Aung Thura Zaw.

The United States was among the many critics of the execution.

Myanmar’s National Unity Government, a shadow government banned by the ruling junta, said it was “deeply saddened. … The global community must punish their cruelty.”

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshima Hayashi said: “This goes against our repeated demands that all prisoners be released.” It will also sharpen the senses [Myanmar] people and worsening the conflict, as well as deepening Myanmar’s isolation from the international community. This is a matter of concern.”

Richard Horsey, senior adviser on Myanmar at the International Crisis Group, said: “Any chance of dialogue to end the crisis created by the coup has now been removed. This is the regime showing that it will do what it wants and listen no. one. It sees this as a show of strength, but it can be a serious miscalculation.”

Amnesty International’s regional director, Erwin van der Borght, said that “the executions amount to the arbitrary deprivation of life and are yet another example of Myanmar’s appalling human rights record.” … The international community must act immediately, as more than 100 people are believed to be on death row after being convicted in similar proceedings.”

Some content in this report came from Reuters.

US, rights groups condemn executions in Myanmar

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