Aung San Suu Kyi Updates: Aung San Suu Kyi, the ousted civil leader of Myanmar, has been transferred from house arrest to solitary confinement in a jail in the nation’s capital, Nay Pyi Taw. When the military ousted her elected administration in February 2021, the 77-year-old Nobel winner was imprisoned.
She has been detained at the capital’s unknown location for the past year. Ms. Suu Kyi, who has already received an 11-year prison term, maintains her innocence of numerous accusations that have been widely denounced as being politically motivated.
She became a global democracy symbol during a previous period of military control when she spent 15 years in detention, although nearly all of it was under house arrest, making her transition to solitary confinement make her more isolated than ever. Ms. Suu Kyi, who is still very well-liked in the nation, is rumoured to attend trial proceedings from a unique court established up inside the jail.
She was transferred on Wednesday to separate, purpose-built housing inside the jail, according to sources close to the court who spoke to BBC Burmese. Similarly segregated in the jail is her former co-worker, deposed president Win Myint. Three female jail staff members have been assigned to help Ms. Suu Kyi, who is said to be in good health.
Her transfer to prison was verified in a brief statement from the military government, which claimed that it was done in accordance with Burma’s, another name for Myanmar, criminal code.
THE COVERT TRIALS HAVE BEEN BRANDED A FRAUD BY HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS
The public and media were prohibited from attending the closed-door proceedings, and Ms. Suu Kyi’s attorneys were not permitted to address the media. The length of Ms. Suu Kyi’s detention in solitary, who disappeared from public view after the coup, is unknown.
Although the location of her house arrest was not made public, it is known that she has been accompanied by a number of close friends up until this point, according to Jonathan Head of the BBC. A source told the AFP news agency that Ms. Suu Kyi had not travelled to prison with her dog or domestic workers.
She has already been found guilty of inciting, corruption, infringing Covid rules, and violating a telecommunications legislation in a number of instances. The military is alleged to have plans to keep her in captivity forever and further trials are still to come.
Some estimates place her potential prison term, if found guilty of all counts, at over 190 years. According to Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director for Human Rights Watch, “what we are seeing is the Myanmar junta going towards a much more punitive phase, towards Aung San Suu Kyi.”
It is apparent that they are attempting to subdue her and her followers. The National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Ms. Suu Kyi, won the general elections by a landslide months before to the coup. Independent election observers claimed the voting was mainly free and fair despite the military’s allegations of voter fraud.
The military cracked down on pro-democracy protestors, activists, and journalists after the coup sparked large-scale rallies. Over 14,000 individuals have been detained, including Ms. Suu Kyi and numerous members of her party.
According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, the crackdown on dissent has resulted in the deaths of almost 2,000 people (Burma). Numerous people oppose the military, and there are active conflicts in various regions of the nation.