Aung San Suu Kyi’s Imprisonment Is Grave Instance Of Attack On Democracy Which Is Worsening Since Military Coup In Myanmar

Military Took Over Control Of Myanmar In February and Since Then Citizens Have Faced Serious Humanitarian Problems With Their Leader Aung San Suu Kyi Under Arrest

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Before Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi could hold office for the second term Junta’s created a coup in February against her and since then the country in under a military rule. The citizens are facing several crises taking from health issues to violations of human rights. The Rohingya crisis already existed and it even got worst with military take over.

Current Situation Of Myanmar

The country is in political tumult for almost a year now. United nations have raised serious concerns about the human rights problem in Myanmar. Several sanctions are imposed on the country. The US had also demanded the release of the 76-year-old National Leader for Democracy leader. Burma is also facing financial problems as sanctions are being imposed.

Military’s Attack On Medical Staff

In November, the military men arrested 18 medical staff under the pretext that they were violating the state guidelines for medical care. The healthcare system is on the brink of collapse as it is controlled by the Juntas and the medical staff is not willing to work under them. They participated in the civil disobedience movement. Many people have lost their lives for not getting proper treatment and also because of the Covid pandemic and now the alarms are ringing as the world is cautious about the new Omicron variant.

Communication Blackout In Myanmar

There is strict watch on the communication mediums and several restrictions on the media and press which is yet another brutal attack on democracy. The citizens have to face internet breaks and communications blackouts frequently. Only the military-owned and supported news channels and newspapers are allowed to cover the news.

Attack On Democracy

However, the first huge blow to democracy came on that day itself when the military refused to accept the people’s mandate of having Suu Kyi as their leader who was democratically elected. This has resulted in the protest by civilians who were shot and opened fire by the military. People fear that the country might go on the path of dictatorship.

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Aung San Suu Kyi – A Mass Leader

Suu Kyi has already spent 15 years in detention; now yet again from the last 11 months, she is under house arrest. She is considered a revolutionary leader who showed new dawn to the people of Burma by ending authoritarian rule. She is acclaimed globally as the leader of the masses awarded the noble peace prize laureate in 1991. She is on the list of one of the most powerful and influential women leaders.

Special Court Verdict To Aung San Suu Kyi

Democracy is degrading with each passing day in Myanmar. And recently, a special court in Myanmar’s capital where the proceeding is going on found the country’s legally elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, guilty of igniting and violating covid19 restrictions, resulting in sentencing her to four years of imprisonment. Many have called this verdict biased and unfair.

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World Reaction To Aung San Suu Kyi’s Imprisonment

The world has reacted to the special court’s verdict. European Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell stated, “The European Union strongly condemns this politically motivated verdict, which constitutes another major setback for democracy in Myanmar since the military coup on 1 February 2021.” UN high commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet condemned the verdict terming the proceedings a “sham trial”.