Greater than 150 together with elected leaders, lawmakers, authorities ministers, activists, writers and monks have been arrested on Feb. 1.
By The Irrawaddy 11 Could 2021
Earlier than daybreak on Feb. 1, Myanmar’s navy detained State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Win Myint, and different officers of the federal government led by the Nationwide League for Democracy (NLD). Parliamentary audio system at each the Union and state and areas stage have been additionally detained through the takeover.
Senior leaders and central government committee members of the NLD, outstanding activists, writers, and monks have been amongst about 150 arrested on the primary day of the coup.
And now 100 days later, they continue to be below detention in prisons and navy custody. Only some of them have been put below home arrest. There are additionally these whose situation and whereabouts stay unknown.
Within the weeks following the coup, the regime escalated its abductions by increasing its focused teams to anti-coup protesters and civil servants concerned within the civil disobedience motion (CDM). That growth got here after road protests and the nationwide unfold of the CDM by which civil servants refused to work below the navy regime.
In keeping with the Help Affiliation for Political Prisoners (AAPP), which tracks detentions, a minimum of 4,916 folks had been arrested, charged or sentenced as of Could 10. Of these, 3,843 are nonetheless being detained, the AAPP stated. Warrants have been issued for one more 1,561 who’ve gone into hiding to evade arrest.
These on the wished lists of the junta included celebrities and social influencers, putting docs and nurses, training workers and members of scholars’ unions.
Listed here are outstanding figures who stay behind bars 100 days after the navy seized energy.
Elected leaders, NLD members
State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Win Myint, Vice-President U Henry Van Thio and the Union Parliament audio system are amongst these detained since Feb. 1.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and U Win Myint face various charges and probably lengthy jail sentences.
Greater than 200 NLD members are nonetheless in custody, together with authorities ministers, lawmakers, members of the social gathering’s central government committee, heads and members of state and regional workplaces in addition to youth members. Lots of the NLD members have been political prisoners earlier than, having been jailed below the earlier junta.
Among the many detained NLD members is U Han Thar Myint, social gathering secretary, who faces state defamation costs. The 73-year-old, who has had surgical procedure for prostate most cancers and has suffered associated well being issues, was positioned in Insein Jail after a month of detention at a navy interrogation heart.
In keeping with sources, jmost of the regional authorities ministers and NLD members detained in Yangon Area are being held in Insein Jail.
The spouse of the NLD’s high-profile spokesman Monywa Aung Shin stated she has heard nothing about her husband’s whereabouts and situation for 100 days. The 75-year-old has bronchial asthma and at all times wants to hold an bronchial asthma inhaler, stated his spouse, Daw Kay Thwe Moe. He was arrested at his house earlier than daybreak on Feb. 1, and his spouse was informed he was wished for questioning and wouldn’t be held lengthy.
“Now it has been 100 days, and I heard nothing about him,” she stated.
All 14 state and regional chief ministers appointed by the NLD have been detained on Feb. 1. On Feb. 26, the Chin State chief minister was launched whereas the 13 others are nonetheless in navy custody, jail or below home arrest.
Mandalay Area chief minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung, Magwe Area’s Dr. Aung Moe Nyo, Tanintharyi Area’s U Myint Maung, Sagaing Area’s Dr. Myint Naing and Rakhine State’s U Nyi Pu have been charged with incitement below Article 505(b) of the Penal Code which carries as much as two years in jail.
Mandalay Area chief minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung, who can also be a vice chair of the NLD, faces extra costs of violating COVID-19 protocols. Kachin State chief minister Dr. Khet Aung additionally faces costs of violating COVI-19 protocols.
The navy has detained Union ministers and state and regional cupboard members for the reason that coup. These arrested on Feb. 1 embrace eight Union authorities ministers and one deputy minister together with about 50 state and regional ministers, advocate generals and auditor generals.
Parliament Audio system
All elected parliamentary audio system and their deputies in all states and areas, besides Shan State, have been taken into navy custody or put below home arrest since Feb. 1. Solely seven have been launched and 14 stay in detention. The Shan State audio system are these from a navy proxy social gathering.
Activists, Singers and Writers
Outstanding democracy activist Ko Mya Aye, filmmaker Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi, scholar activist Ko Min Thway Thit, author and Yangon Metropolis Growth Committee member Daw Than Myint Aung, Singer Noticed Phoe Khwar and writers Maung Thar Cho and U Htin Linn Oo have been detained since Feb. 1.
Veteran pro-democracy activist Ko Mya Aye, who has been a political prisoner earlier than, faces costs of hate speech which carry as much as two years in jail for a 2014 e-mail about his work with ethnic armed organizations, Burman ethno-nationalism and the significance of working collectively for democracy. He’s being held in Insein Jail. Zayar Lwin, a scholar activist who was launched from jail in April, informed native media that author Maung Thar Cho shouldn’t be in good well being after present process navy interrogation. He stated that the author, who’s a robust NLD supporter, was compelled to resign his public remarks.
Union Election Fee chairman U Hla Thein was additionally detained on Feb. 1. The navy claimed mass voter record irregularities to justify its coup and introduced that it will maintain a brand new election. The UEC rejected the navy’s fraud claims within the November basic election, by which a transparent majority of voters supported the NLD.
Navy Critic Monks
Three monks in Mandalay identified for his or her criticism of the navy — U Thawbita and Shwe Nya Struggle Sayadaw and Sayadaw U Arriyawuntha of Mandalay’s Mingyi Monastery — have been amongst these arrested on Feb. 1. U Thawbita has been sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for “defaming” the navy on the Web.
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