Army authorities confirms switch of deposed chief from home arrest to jail compound.
Myanmar’s deposed chief Aung San Suu Kyi has been transferred from a secret detention location to solitary confinement in a jail compound within the capital, Naypyidaw, a spokesman for the nation’s navy authorities stated.
“In accordance with prison legal guidelines … [Aung San Suu Kyi] has been stored in solitary confinement in jail” since Wednesday, Zaw Min Tun stated in an announcement on Thursday.
Aung San Suu Kyi was arrested on February 1, 2021, when the military seized power from her elected authorities. She was initially held at her residence within the capital, however was later moved to at the least one different location, and for in regards to the previous 12 months was held at an undisclosed location, usually assumed to be on a navy base.
That location was reportedly a residence the place she had 9 folks to assist together with her residing preparations, together with a canine that was a present organized by one among her sons.
A supply with information of her switch stated the 77-year-old “acts like earlier than and is in robust spirits”.
“She is used to going through any type of scenario calmly,” the supply, who requested anonymity, advised the AFP information company.
Individually on Thursday, Tom Andrews, the United Nations particular rapporteur on the scenario of human rights in Myanmar, urged the worldwide neighborhood to do extra to deal with the disaster within the nation that was triggered by final 12 months’s coup because the variety of folks killed within the navy’s crackdown on its opponents exceeded 2,000.
“An excessive amount of is at stake for Myanmar and its folks to just accept complacency and inaction by the worldwide neighborhood,” he stated in an announcement.
Phil Robertson, deputy director at Human Rights Watch in Asia, stated the generals’ transfer was “fairly clearly” aimed to punish and intimidate the Nobel laureate and her supporters.
“They’re making an attempt to indicate they’re powerful, they’re making an attempt to assert that Aung San Suu Kyi will not be going to have the ability to keep in home arrest together with her home servants and her canine and can face solitary confinement,” he advised Al Jazeera.
“That is going to inflame the hostility of her supporters throughout the nation in opposition to the navy junta. I feel it’s going to backfire spectacularly, it is a junta that doesn’t take heed to anyone and simply goes its personal method.”
Aung San Suu Kyi has been tried on a number of expenses, together with corruption, at a particular court docket in Naypyidaw that started hearings on Could 24, 2021. Every of the 11 corruption counts she faces is punishable by as much as 15 years in jail.
She has already been convicted of corruption, incitement in opposition to the navy, breaching COVID-19 guidelines and breaking a telecommunications legislation, with a court docket sentencing her to 11 years up to now.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s supporters and rights teams say the fees in opposition to her are politically motivated and are an try to discredit her and legitimise the navy’s seizure of energy whereas maintaining her from returning to politics.
Her legal professionals have been banned from talking to the media and journalists barred from her trial.
Aung San Suu Kyi spent about 15 years in detention underneath a earlier navy authorities, however nearly all of it was underneath home arrest at her household dwelling in Yangon, the nation’s largest metropolis.