Myanmar’s State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi was released from prison on Thursday and moved to a house in the capital Naypyidaw, according to people close to her.
Suu Kyi, who was sentenced by a military tribunal to a total of 33 years in prison on charges including “election fraud,” had been completely cut off from the outside world, with no access to a lawyer.
Now 78 years old, Suu Kyi is back under house arrest after two decades of being placed under house arrest on and off for leading Myanmar’s pro-democracy movement.
The move comes as Myanmar’s military junta, which staged a coup in February 2021, seeks to appease the public ahead of general elections.
The United States and its ASEAN neighbors have maintained ongoing sanctions and political pressure on Myanmar’s military government.
[Tony Blinken/US Secretary of State: “As Myanmar’s military junta continues to commit atrocities and undermine regional stability, there was broad support at the summit for an end to the military’s violence.”]
Indeed, air strikes by the Myanmar Air Force continue along the border region, forcing residents to flee.
[Pastor Leo, Karen State, Myanmar: “The village was burnt down, our church was burnt down, who did it, the military.”]
At a field hospital in the middle of the fighting, soldiers with gunshot wounds are flooding in, and surgeries are being performed without anesthesia.
[Rebel company commander: “Ukraine also fights for their sovereignty, they fight for their future. So do I. I fight for my future, I fight for the future of the next generation.”]
The United Nations Human Rights Office says 17 million people, 카지노사이트넷 about a third of Myanmar’s population, are in need of humanitarian assistance.