“Not the culprits, but the hostages”

International experts commented unanimously on the unjust sentences of State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint by the terrorist military junta as, “The State Counselor and the President are not the culprits, they are the unjustly held hostages.”

This incident highlights the fact that millions of Myanmar people have been deprived of their rights and are being subjected to lawless violence by the terrorist military council. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights emphasizes the right to justice. Everyone who is accused of committing a crime has the right to be heard in an independent and impartial tribunal.

In addition, the international community has seen the strong evidence of recent events in which villagers in Dontaw village in Salingyi area were arrested and burnt alive, a resident of Chin State was abducted as a human shield and set on fire and that the military junta has been carrying out a series of violent killings of civilians, including the killing of a five-year-old child in Mandalay. Killing of civilians is prohibited under international humanitarian law protection.

The United Nations and other international officials have repeatedly called on the terrorist military council to uphold the rights of the people, but the actions of military council show that they have no plan to comply. Therefore, Myanmar people are resisting the Terrorist Military Council in various ways. The UN special envoy also called on the international community to work together to obstruct the military council, who is committing atrocities against the people of Myanmar, by blocking its revenue and imposing arm embargo.

Thus, it is time for all UN member states to effectively assist the people of Myanmar in their tireless efforts in dictatorship elimination with more practical approaches by increasing pressure and sanctions to the military junta with no recognition to end all injustices and violence shamelessly and audaciously committed by the Myanmar terrorist military.

Dr. Win Myat Aye