The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday condemned the execution of four prisoners by the Burmese junta, a statement hailed by the opposition.
“Members of the Security Council condemned the execution by the Myanmar army of opposition activists over the weekend,” the council said, also calling for the immediate release of deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi. /p>
“They recalled the statement of the Secretary-General of July 25, 2022, and echoed his call for the immediate release of all prisoners arbitrarily detained.”
The statement was endorsed by Russia and China – the junta's two main allies who previously backed it at the UN – as well as neighboring India.
“Welcome condemnation from the Council of the execution of pro-democracy activists”, welcomed the National Unity Government (NUG) group on Twitter, adding that it is time for the UN “to take concrete measures against the junta”.
The NUG, dominated by parliamentarians from the ousted party of Aung San Suu Kyi, is trying to oppose the coup and has been declared a “terrorist” organization by the junta.
The four executions announced Monday drew worldwide condemnation. The junta responded that the four executed prisoners “deserved several death sentences”.
Among them was Phyo Zeya Thaw, 41, a rap pioneer and former MP for the former leader's pro-democracy party overthrown civilian Aung Sang Suu Kyi, and Kyaw Min Yu, 53, a famous opponent of military power since the August 1988 uprising.
These executions risk accentuating the international isolation of the Burmese military, who seized power by force on February 1, 2021 under the pretext of alleged fraud in the previous year's elections, which was overwhelmingly won by the party of Aung San Suu Kyi.
The junta continues a crackdown bloody, with more than 2,000 civilians killed and more than 15,000 arrested since the coup, according to a local NGO.