The United States on Monday called the prison sentence of the ousted Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the repression of other elected opponents “an affront to democracy and justice.”
“We demand that the regime release Aung San Suu Kyi and all the other wrongfully detained, including democratically elected officials,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.
Aung San Suu Kyi, 76, was sentenced to two years in prison on Monday – after receiving an initial sentence of four years – for inciting public disorder and violating anticovid restrictions.
This sentence is the first in a series of lawsuits that expose her to decades in jail. Nobel Peace Prize, has been detained since February 1 when the military overthrew her from the presidency and ended a short democratic period.
The head of US diplomacy called on the Burmese military junta to “stop the use of violence, respect the will of the people and restore the democratic transition in Burma.”