News published by Reuter stated that four democracy advocates who were helping to carry out an act of terror were executed by Myanmar’s military rulers. Amidst the outcry following the sentence to death in January, the Southeast Asian nation’s first executions in decades still went ahead.
The men were sentenced for helping a resistance movement fight the ruling military power that seized power in a bloody coup that led to a crackdown against opponents.
Based on a report by the Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper, amongst the people executed were democracy campaigner Kyaw Min Yu, better known as Jimmy, and former lawmaker and hip-hop artist Phyo Zeya Thaw. They both lost their appeal against the sentencing in June and were finally executed alongside Hla Myo Aung and Aung Thura Zaw.
In a statement, Erwin Van Der Borght, regional director of rights group Amnesty International attributed their executions to ”arbitrary deprivation of lives” and an ”example of Myanmar’s ”atrocious human rights record.”
He also said; “The four men were convicted by a military court in highly secretive and deeply unfair trials.”
Thazin Nyunt Aung, the wife of Phyo Zeyar Thaw, said to Reuter that the prison officials had not let the families retrieve the bodies.
Khin Win Tint, the mother of Phyo Zeyar Thaw, told BBC Burmese:
“I asked (prison officials) why didn’t you tell me or my son that it was our last meeting… I feel sad about it.”
The report also stated that the execution was reported by the Son Monday and junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun later confirmed it to the Voice of Myanmar without giving any details.