The execution of four prisoners including a former politician and a veteran activist by Myanmar’s junta ~ the country’s first use of capital punishment in decades ~ has sent shockwaves through the region and the wider world. India’s reaction, however, has been rather muted even as condemnation has been pouring in thick and fast of what many critics term a state-sanctioned murder of political prisoners. The ruling military regime in Myanmar, of course, insists due process was followed under extant laws and appropriate punishment on the statute books was meted out to the convicts who were found guilty of “conspiring to commit acts of terror”. Phyo Zeya Thaw, a rapper and former lawmaker from former State Chancellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, and the prominent democracy activist Kyaw Min Yu, popularly known as ‘Jimmy’, were among the four ~ all of whom had been sentenced to death in January in closed trials ~ put to death. (Read More)
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