Execution of Four Democracy Activities
The decision by the Myanmar Military to execute four democracy activists including former Member of Parliament Phyo Zeya Thaw, is both shocking and disturbing considering that even during the Suffron Revolution in 1988, in which thousands were detained by the military, no one was executed.
The military claimed the four deserved the death penalty.
The United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan, Norway and the European Union all condemned this total disregard of human rights and the rule of law.
ASEAN also called out the military and has pushed them to seek peace through dialogue under an agreement negotiated with the military.
China has been urged to use its influence on Myanmar, but their response which they always use, is that they do not interfere in the internal affairs of other states.
The plight of the people of Myanmar continues to worsen, and random acts of violence as well as coordinated attacks on villages continues.
The international community needs to do more both diplomatically, economically and politically to deal with this situation.
This is what happens when fragile democracies are threatened and in this case overthrown by forces that do not respect election results.
The detection of the Omicron variant this year is the main concern with a third wave decimating the very fragile health care system. The population is now in poverty.
Providing direct vaccine aid is tricky given that the military controls so much of the country and any transport through their territory will be viewed as recognition of the regime.
The International community needs to coordinate an effective process to help the vulnerable people of Myanmar during this critical health crisis and also put more pressure on the military to come to the negotiating table.