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Myanmar: Hundreds of political prisoners released, but thousands remain in jail

Turning to former democratically elected leader of Myanmar Aung San  Suu Kyi’s further sentencing earlier in the week, OHCHR appealed for her immediate release and for the particular arbitrary detention of individuals in order to cease. “Even as news emerged concerning the amnesty to mark the country’s independence day, we all continued to receive reports of people being detained for opposition military rule, many of whom have been subjected to torture plus ill-treatment”, he said.

Tortured within prison

Mr. Laurence informed journalists in Geneva that OHCHR was in constant engagement with the authorities, and that the High Commissioner would be releasing a brand new report soon on Myanmar. The UN rights main called on governments and all detaining authorities globally to place the milestone Declaration straight into action by granting a good amnesty, pardon or by just releasing all those detained pertaining to exercising their rights. On Tuesday, the UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq said that Secretary-General António Guterres had also indicated his “deep concern” in the latest verdicts and sentencing of Aung San Suu Kyi, “and reiterates their calls for her immediate discharge and that of President Wyn Myint and of all arbitrarily detained prisoners in Myanmar. ” That year marks the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Individual Rights, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk,   has called for an end to arbitrary detention for good.

Freedom during crackdown

However , it did not designate whether those jailed as part of its brutal crackdown upon dissent would be included. “Importantly, however , we take this opportunity to call for the release from the thousands of others who stay in detention for opposing military rule”. In welcoming the amnesty, the UN official pointed out that on the very day which they were released, another 22 political prisoners were held. Regarding human rights as “the force that come in and unify us”, bringing everyone “back to the fundamentals associated with who we are, of human dignity and to what links us all with each other”, he argued that one person’s pain ultimately hurts everyone.

Freedom call

“The pathway out of Myanmar’s crisis is not by locking individuals up – it is simply by allowing them to freely, fully, and effectively participate in political life”, underscored Mr. Laurence.   The local monitoring group Support Association for Political Prisoners also believes that 300 political prisoners had been released – having identified 223, while working to verify the others. Citing credible sources, the OHCHR spokesperson said that the military regime has incarcerated some 300 political prisoners. Since the military coup of 1 February 2021, nearly 17, 000 people have been arrested and over 13, 000 remain in detention, he stated.

Call for release of Aung San Suu Kyi

To indicate the country’s 75th wedding anniversary of independence, the military junta which seized power nearly two years ago, announced this week that it would totally free some 7, 000 prisoners. “Such detentions are not only designed to silence the junta’s critics, but are also designed to instil fear”, he stated. “The launch of political prisoners in Myanmar is not only a reduction to those unfairly detained, but additionally their families”, OHCHR Spokesperson Jeremy Laurence told journalists in Geneva.


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