Myanmar executes four activists

Myanmar executes four activists
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Islam News – Myanmar’s military leadership said it had executed four pro-democracy activists, an apparent attempt to instill fear in a resistance movement that has battled the junta since it seized power in a coup last year.

The executions — the first in the Southeast Asian nation in more than three decades — came after the activists were sentenced to death during closed-door trials without attorneys present. Western leaders have sought to persuade the military to free its political prisoners and halt its violence.

Myanmar opposition leaders, human rights groups and the U.N. condemned the executions harshly. “These depraved acts must be a turning point for the international community,” Thomas Andrews, the U.N special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, said.

Who they were: The four men who were executed had a history of opposing Myanmar’s vicious army, known as the Tatmadaw. They included U Kyaw Min Yu, better known as Ko Jimmy, a widely respected democracy activist who rose to prominence as a leader of a student group during nationwide protests in 1988, and U Phyo Zeya Thaw, a former hip-hop artist who was elected to Parliament after spending five years in prison for his activism.

Source: The New York Times

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