British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said new charges against ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi had been “fabricated” by the military and were a clear violation of her human rights.
Ms. Suu Kyi, who was ousted by a military coup on February 01, has been charged with violating Article 25 of the Natural Disaster Management Law that is used to prosecute people who have broken coronavirus restrictions.
The former State Counsellor earlier in the week was also charged with possessing walkie-talkies that were imported without being registered.
Her lawyer said that new police charges brought against her this week could see her held indefinitely without trial.
Mr. Johnson said the charges amounted to a human rights violation, tweeting: “New charges against Aung San Suu Kyi fabricated by the Myanmar military are a clear violation of her human rights.
“We stand with the people of Myanmar and will ensure those responsible for this coup are held to account.”
He was joined by foreign secretary Dominic Raab, who repeated the UK’s call for Myanmar’s political leaders to be freed.
Mr. Raab said: “The charges against Aung San Suu Kyi are politically motivated, and the latest example of the Myanmar military undermining democratically elected politicians.
“Aung San Suu Kyi and all other elected politicians arbitrarily held must be released immediately. The UK and like-minded nations will not ignore these violations. We will ensure those responsible are held to account.”
The prime minister condemned the coup when it took place on Feb. 01 and criticised the “unlawful imprisonment of civilians” and Ms. Suu Kyi.
Mr. Johnson said: “the vote of the people must be respected and civilian leaders released.”
Protesters have turned out in droves since the coup was carried out, defying an order banning gatherings of five or more people to demand the return of democracy.
In Mandalay on Monday, soldiers and police violently broke up a demonstration attended by more than 1,000 protesters in front of the Myanmar Economic Bank.
They attacked protesters with slingshots and sticks, and local media reported rubber bullets being fired into the crowd, injuring several people.
Police were also seen aiming guns into the air amid sounds that resembled gunfire to disperse people.
The military contends there was fraud in last year’s election, which Ms. Suu Kyi’s party won in a landslide, and says it will hold power for a year before holding new elections.
The state election commission found no evidence to support the claims of fraud. (Source: The Independent)