Myanmar army has seized control of the country in a coup against democratically elected government. Reportedly, it has arrested Noble laureate and the leader of ruling party NDL (National League For Democracy), Aung San Suu Kyi along with several other members of her party. The tensions between NLD and nation’s military have been rising since its victory in general elections on 8th November. There is a new leader in charge, who is reportedly backed by the military.
Myanmar’s (formerly Burma) army has previously threatened to take action against this government for allegedly rigging elections. However, it was unable to provide any evidence. A wave of anger is bubbling in Asia among those who had hopes for democracy in the country.
People Reject Coup D’état By Myanmar Army
Due to unhinged army of Myanmar known as Tatmadaw, the US and EU has launched numerous sanctions against its members. These sanctions were easing when Myanmar’s road to democracy started in 2010 after 5 decades of military rule. Only a year later, the military has taken back control which might result in more sanctions. Myanmar army has been under heavy criticism for mass execution of the Muslim minority, Rohingya. According to reports, the sanctioned General Min Aung Hlaing is in control of the country.
This takeover has been a sharp reversal of whatever progress Myanmar made towards democracy. It also come with a devasting fall from power and grace for Suu Kyi, who led the struggle for democracy despite being under house arrest for years and winning a Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts. Nationalists launched huge protests in Myanmar and other countries including, Japan and Thailand to reject military takeover.
Apparently, the captured government has encouraged people to protest against the military and reject their illegal takeover. It is not verified if such communication from the government is real or false. According to report, Suu Kyi has not remarked anything after her arrest.
International Call To Restore Constitution
United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) launched a Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) in 2018 to reveal the cause of human right abuse against Rohingya community. UN’s report contained more than 800 interviews with the victims of military abuse. It found evidence of military leaders involved in huge crimes under international law. UN sent a wave of sanctions and called them to face charges for crimes against humanity, genocide, and war crimes. Vice president of EU commission has demanded immediate release of the political leaders and restoration of democracy.
The Tainted Torchbearer For Democracy
Suu Kyi is accused of denying Rohingya genocide and destroying evidence leading to the crimes of the state. Few entities were not bothered by her arrest and hold her accountable for the worst human right abuse in modern history.
According to UN, Myanmar army carried out arson, rape and murder against the minority with genocidal intent. Suu Kyi has faced international criticism for her response to a violent crackdown by security forces against the Rohingya. However, Suu Kyi has publicly rejected the allegation that the military has conducted such genocide.
This led many to assume whether it’s military turn to secure Suu Kyi for covering their tracks in the past.
Reports said that the military is aiming to carry on this coup for the whole year.