Countries and international bodies have condemned Myanmar's conviction of deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi on charges of incitement and breaching coronavirus restrictions.
International bodies, countries and rights groups have slammed the Myanmar junta over the conviction and sentencing of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to two years in prison, demanding her release.
Myanmar's junta chief reduced the jail sentence to two years, after initially doling out four years for incitement against the military and breaching Covid rules.
Junta chief Min Aung Hlaing later "pardoned" the sentences of both to "two years imprisonment", according to a statement read out on state TV.
Suu Kyi, 76, has been detained since the generals staged a coup and ousted her government on February 1, ending the Southeast Asian country's brief period of democracy.
She has since been hit with a series of charges, including violating the official secrets act, corruption and electoral fraud, and she faces decades in jail if convicted on all counts.
Here are reactions from countries and alliances around the world to Monday's announcement.
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News release: the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet deplores the conviction and sentencing of Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and calls for her release. https://t.co/aUqu1KcVTK— United Nations in Myanmar (@UNinMyanmar) December 6, 2021
The UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has called the trial a "sham" in a statement on Monday.
"The conviction of the State Counsellor following a sham trial in secretive proceedings before a military-controlled court is nothing but politically-motivated," said Bachelet.
The European Union has condemned the junta's jailing of ousted Suu Kyi as "politically motivated" and a "blatant violation of human rights".
In a statement from EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on behalf of the 27 member states, the EU said Suu Kyi's sentence "represents another step towards the dismantling of the rule of law".
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🇲🇲 #Myanmar: As the first essential step towards restoration of the legitimate authorities, the European Parliament has called for the immediate and unconditional release of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and all others arrested on unfounded accusations pic.twitter.com/lCKyacxVSg— European Parliament in ASEAN (@EPinASEAN) December 6, 2021
ASEAN Human Rights
Association of Southeast Asian Nations's Parliamentarians for Human Rights have called the charges against Suu Kyi and other detained MPs as "nothing more than an excuse by the junta to justify their illegal power grab."
"This sentencing is further evidence that, for the sake of its own credibility and future, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) must hold the line against this illegal takeover.
Myanmar's junta is trying to "suffocate freedoms" with its jailing of Suu Kyi for incitement and breaching Covid-19 regulations, Amnesty International has said.
"The harsh sentences handed down to Aung San Suu Kyi on these bogus charges are the latest example of the military's determination to eliminate all opposition and suffocate freedoms in Myanmar," the group said in a statement.
Human Rights Watch
New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has condemned the guilty verdict.
"This is a judicial system in a court that is far from independent," said Deputy Asia Director for HRW Phil Robertson.
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The sentencing of Aung San Suu Kyi is another appalling attempt by Myanmar’s military regime to stifle opposition and suppress freedom and democracy.— Liz Truss (@trussliz) December 6, 2021
The UK 🇬🇧 calls on the regime to release political prisoners, engage in dialogue and allow a return to democracy.
Britain's Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has said the prison sentence was "another appalling attempt by Myanmar's military regime to stifle opposition and suppress freedom and democracy".
Japan's foreign ministry has voiced "concern" over the verdict, which it called "an unfavourable development."
China has declined to criticise the verdict against Suu Kyi.
Beijing hoped all parties in Myanmar would consider "the long-term interests of the country, narrow differences and carry on the hard-won democratic transition process", Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters at the daily briefing.
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