Countries and international bodies have condemned Myanmar's conviction of deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi on charges of incitement and breaching coronavirus restrictions.

If found guilty in all the cases she faces,  Aung San Suu Kyi could be sentenced to more than 100 years in prison.
If found guilty in all the cases she faces, Aung San Suu Kyi could be sentenced to more than 100 years in prison. (Reuters)

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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United Nations

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.

European Union

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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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.

Amnesty International

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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United Kingdom

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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Source: TRTWorld and agencies