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Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi moved to jail solitary confinement

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Military authorities confirms switch of deposed chief from home arrest to jail compound.

Myanmar’s deposed chief Aung San Suu Kyi has been transferred from a secret detention location to solitary confinement in a jail compound within the capital, Naypyidaw, a spokesman for the nation’s navy authorities mentioned.

“In accordance with criminal laws … [Aung San Suu Kyi] has been kept in solitary confinement in prison” since Wednesday, Zaw Min Tun mentioned in an announcement on Thursday.

Aung San Suu Kyi was arrested on February 1, 2021, when the military seized energy from her elected authorities. She was initially held at her residence within the capital, however was later moved to no less than one different location, and for concerning the previous yr was held at an undisclosed location, usually assumed to be on a navy base.

That location was reportedly a residence the place she had 9 individuals to assist together with her living preparations, together with a canine that was a present organized by certainly one of her sons.

A supply with information of her switch mentioned the 77-year-old “acts like before and is in strong spirits”.

“She is used to facing any kind of situation calmly,” the supply, who requested anonymity, advised the AFP information company.

Separately on Thursday, Tom Andrews, the United Nations particular rapporteur on the state of affairs of human rights in Myanmar, urged the worldwide neighborhood to do extra to handle the disaster within the nation that was triggered by final yr’s coup because the variety of individuals killed within the navy’s crackdown on its opponents exceeded 2,000.

“Too much is at stake for Myanmar and its people to accept complacency and inaction by the international community,” he mentioned in an announcement.

Phil Robertson, deputy director at Human Rights Watch in Asia, mentioned the generals’ move was “quite clearly” aimed to punish and intimidate the Nobel laureate and her supporters.

“They are trying to show they are tough, they are trying to claim that Aung San Suu Kyi is not going to be able to stay in house arrest with her domestic servants and her dog and will face solitary confinement,” he advised Al Jazeera.

“This is going to inflame the hostility of her supporters across the country against the military junta. I think it’s going to backfire spectacularly, this is a junta that doesn’t listen to anybody and just goes its own way.”

Aung San Suu Kyi has been tried on a number of prices, together with corruption, at a particular courtroom in Naypyidaw that started hearings on May 24, 2021. Each of the 11 corruption counts she faces is punishable by as much as 15 years in jail.

She has already been convicted of corruption, incitement towards the navy, breaching COVID-19 rules and breaking a telecommunications legislation, with a courtroom sentencing her to 11 years thus far.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s supporters and rights teams say the costs towards her are politically motivated and are an try to discredit her and legitimise the navy’s seizure of energy whereas maintaining her from returning to politics.

Her attorneys have been banned from chatting with the media and journalists barred from her trial.

Aung San Suu Kyi spent about 15 years in detention below a earlier navy authorities, however nearly all of it was below home arrest at her household home in Yangon, the nation’s greatest metropolis.


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