Myanmar : anti-death penalty and human rights organisations outraged by the execution of human rights defenders by the military junta
27 July 2022
Since the military coup began in February 2021, Myanmar junta has issued 117 death sentences, including two sentences imposed on children. This is accompanied by a growing prevalence of extrajudicial killings involving protestors and pro-democracy activists, with the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners estimating that more than 2,100 people have been killed since the coup in February 2021. In addition to violence resulting directly from the coup, the military junta has resumed its military campaigns across Myanmar, leading to large-scale killings, arbitrary detentions and forced displacement of civilians in several states.
We call on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) of which Myanmar is a member, and on the wider international community, to strongly condemn this action. We also call on our Governments to impose sanctions on high profile military generals connected with human rights abuses in Myanmar, and to continue advocating on behalf of those at risk of execution in Myanmar. Strong diplomacy and accountability measures must be carried out by the international community on the Tatmadaw, who have no legitimacy as Government of Myanmar.
Our heart goes out to the families, friends and loved ones of the individuals executed.
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