Myanmar National Unity Government vows to seek justice and continue to fight against military dictatorship

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Imphal: Republic of the Union of Myanmar National Unity Government, government in exile, has vowed to seek justice and continue to fight against the military dictatorship until federal democracy is restored.

This was stated by ministry of Education, ministry of Women, Youths and Children Affairs and ministry of Human Rights of the National Unity Government in a statement on the ‘Imposition of the Death Penalty Against the People, Including Seven Students from Dagon University’.

It narrated that on April 21, 2022, the terrorist military unjustly arrested seven young students from Dagon University: Maung Hein Thant, Maung Thiha Htet Zaw, Maung Thura Maung Maung, Maung Khant Linn Maung Maung, Maung KhantZin Win, Maung Thet Paing Oo, and Maung Zaw Linn Naing. They were sentenced to death by an illegitimate prison court on November 30, 2022. In addition, another four youths, Maung Min Htet Tha, Maung Wai Yan Zin, Maung Thu Htoo Aung, and Ko Phyo, had also been sentenced to death by the same prison court.

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The terrorist military violates people’s democratic rights by arbitrarily detaining those who oppose them through political means, committing extrajudicial killings, violating the political rights of people, passing judgment through biased courts, and infringing on the legal rights of people. At worst, they violate the people’s right to life by carrying out the inhumane death penalty, the statement mentioned.

“The terrorist military does not have the right to control the judiciary as it is not a legitimate government. Furthermore, imposing the death penalty is contrary to international human rights principles,” it said.

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While the United Nations, ASEAN, and the international community have urged for the release of political prisoners, the terrorist military have challenged the entire world by sentencing death penalties on these young students, it added.

“The terrorist military must be held accountable for committing genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity,” the joint statement said.

Actions will also be carried out to bring justice for the terrorist military’s unlawful execution of Ko Jimmy, Ko Phyo Zay Yar Thaw, Ko Hla Myo Aung, and Ko Aung Thura, which took place on July 25, 2022, as well as for the people who have suffered from the inhumane and brutal acts committed by the terrorist military group, it added.

“We are gathering documentary proof on the nationwide killing and torture of people, workers, farmers, students, and teachers who have been involved in the Spring Revolution. We vow to seek justice and continue to fight against the military dictatorship until federal democracy is restored,” said the ministry of Education, ministry of Women, Youths and Children Affairs and ministry of Human Rights of the National Unity Government.

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Military rule in Myanmar (Burma) lasted from 1962 to 2011 and resumed in 2021.

Protests in Myanmar, known locally as the Spring Revolution began in early 2021 in opposition to the coup d’état on February 1, staged by Min Aung Hlaing, the commander-in-chief of the country’s armed forces, the Tatmadaw. As of June 23, 2022, at least 2000 protesters have been killed, 14,000 currently arrested and 700,000 displaced by the junta.

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