Violence intensifies in Burma: international community rejects military junta’s call for elections

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At a regional forum of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Antony Blinken and Josep Borrell rejected the recent execution in a Burmese prison of four activists opposed to the coup government and called for an “end to violence” in the country.

Burma's vacancies at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders forum in Washington (REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz)
Burma’s vacancies at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders forum in Washington (REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz)

Violence escalated this week in Burma, with the execution of four activists by the military junta. It has led to the rejection of the international community, which has ruled the country since the February 1, 2021 coup and called for elections to be held in 2023.

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In this context, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged its Western allies to “reject fraudulent elections” on the grounds that they would “not be free and fair”.

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“Current conditions They cannot be free or fair. said the American politician, He was upset that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov branded the country a “partner”. “Contrary to the work of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to end violence.”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (Andrew Harnik/ REUTERS)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (Andrew Harnik/ REUTERS)
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In this sense, he once again condemned the execution of the four activists and asked the international community to “apply pressure to end this brutal violence and achieve its goal” in a statement. release of unjustly detained Trying to restore democracy in Burma.”

“There are executions alarmed and terrified people across the region and the world” , sure. “We have to increase the economic pressure and do everything possible. restricting the flow of arms to the Burmese regime ” drew attention before insisting on the importance of ensuring “justice is served.”

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Relations and Security Policy, Josep Borrell called for an “end to violence” and “starting a political resolution process” in Burma. with regard to recent executions.

“Our priorities are Ending violence, maintaining political resolution and improving humanitarian aid delivery ”, the head of European diplomacy said in his speech at the twenty-ninth regional forum of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Josep Borrell, head of European diplomacy, in a file photo
Josep Borrell, head of European diplomacy, in a file photo

Borrell, execution of four activists for democracy It is “a shocking sign to the world” of the military junta’s “contempt” for “the life and rights of citizens” and their “desire for freedom”.

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executions Ko Jimmy, Phyo Zeya Thaw, Hla Myo Aung and Aung Thura Zaw hit theaters on July 25. It has led to many criticisms at the national and international level.

Now, political prisoners in Insein, Burma Yangon decided to go on a hunger strike in honor of the four who were executed. according to newspaper reports irrawaddy. Thus, they asked the public to condemn the junta’s “atrocities” against civilians and to “revenge the bloodshed”.

Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi, ousted by the February 1 military coup, stands on a banner.  File photo (EFE/EPA/LYNN BO BO)
Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi, ousted by the February 1 military coup, stands on a banner. File photo (EFE/EPA/LYNN BO BO)

about the first executions in the country in the last three decades, although there is a possibility that the application will continue. According to the data of the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners (AAPP), 119 anti-junta activists were sentenced to death, 42 of them ‘in absentia’.

The Burmese military junta staged a coup on February 1, 2021 The elections held in November were allegedly fraudulent. The results once again gave victory to the party of the current former ‘de facto leader’ Aung San Suu Kyi, the National League for Democracy.

(with information from EuroPress)

Source: Info Bae

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