The French Foreign Ministry summoned the Myanmar ambassador to Paris to protest the execution of four political prisoners by the ruling military junta, Agence France-Presse reported citing a diplomatic source.
According to the source, “The Myanmar Ambassador was also reminded of Paris’s call for an immediate end to the violence perpetrated by the Burmese military regime, the release of all those arbitrarily detained after the February 2021 coup, and dialogue. including all stakeholders.”
The four executions announced on Monday, the first in decades in Myanmar, drew condemnation around the world, including at the UN Security Council on Thursday.
The military council replied that the shot prisoners “deserved several death sentences.”
Among those prisoners is 41-year-old Fu Zia Tao, a former MP for the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, who was sentenced to death in January last year for violating the anti-terrorism law.
Among them is prominent democratic activist Kyaw Min-yoo (53), known as “Jimmy”, who became famous for his role in the 1988 student rebellion against the then-war council. The activist was arrested last October and convicted in January on charges of sedition through social media posts.
The other two executed prisoners were men accused of killing a woman who was suspected of being an informer for the war council.
It is noteworthy that since the February 1, 2021 military coup, Myanmar has sentenced dozens of opponents of the military council to death, but not a single sentence has yet been carried out.