Blinken denounces new decision on Myanmar opposition leader

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken condemned the new ruling against former Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, calling for increased pressure on the country’s ruling military junta.

“We strongly condemn the unjust sentence of Myanmar’s military regime, Aung San Suu Kyi, to an additional three years in prison, including hard labor,” Blinken said. “We must work together to hold the regime accountable for the escalation of violence and the crackdown on democratically elected leaders in Burma (Myanmar),” he added.

Suu Kyi was arrested during the coup d’état that ended a decade-long transition to democracy and was placed in solitary confinement in Naypyidaw Prison in late June.

Myanmar’s ruling military faction continues to convict Suu Kyi, who was sentenced on Friday to an additional three years in prison for electoral fraud in 2020, in a lengthy and tense trial that the international community considers political.

Source: AFP.

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