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Myanmar’s Tin Oo, pro-democracy general who co-founded Suu Kyi’s party, dies at 97  

Myanmar’s Tin Oo, pro-democracy general who co-founded Suu Kyi’s party, dies at 97  

TIN Oo, a towering figure in Myanmar's pro-democracy movement and close ally of detained Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, died on Saturday at age 97, political associates and close friends said. Tin Oo had a pivotal role with Suu Kyi in the 1988 creation of the National League for Democracy (NLD), which suffered two decades of persecution over its non-violent struggle against military dictatorship. The NLD ruled Myanmar for five years until its overthrow in a 2021 coup, weeks after its second successive landslide election win during a decade of tentative democracy. A former military commander who turned into a…
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Nobel Peace Prize: who has won and who missed out?

Nobel Peace Prize: who has won and who missed out?

THE winner of the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on October 6 in Oslo. Here are some past winners - and one person who did not but should have. MARTIN LUTHER KING The leader of the U.S. civil rights movement was "the first person in the Western world to have shown us that a struggle can be waged without violence," according to the then chairman of the awarding body, Gunnar Jahn. "He is the first to make the message of brotherly love a reality in the course of his struggle, and he has brought this message to all men, to…
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The trials of Aung San Suu Kyi, from heroine to villain to convict

The trials of Aung San Suu Kyi, from heroine to villain to convict

PUT on trial by the generals who overthrew her elected government in a coup that cut short democratic reforms she had fought for decades to bring about, Myanmar's ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced on Monday to four years in prison. The 76-year-old's sentence was later reduced to two years' detention in an undisclosed location after she was convicted of incitement and violations of a law on natural disasters in the first verdicts in more than a dozen criminal cases filed against her since the Feb. 1 military takeover. Just 14 months before the coup, she had…
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U.N. rights boss Bachelet denounces Suu Kyi conviction in ‘sham trial’

U.N. rights boss Bachelet denounces Suu Kyi conviction in ‘sham trial’

STEPHANIE NEBEHAY U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has denounced a four-year jail term handed down to Myanmar's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi after a "sham trial" and called for her immediate release. The conviction of Suu Kyi "closes yet another door to political dialogue" in Myanmar, where the military took power on Feb. 1, and "will only deepen rejection of the coup", Bachelet said in a statement in Geneva. A court jailed Suu Kyi for four years on Monday on charges of incitement and breaching coronavirus restrictions, said a source in a case that critics described as "farcical".…
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Suu Kyi faces new charge under Myanmar’s secrets act; wireless internet suspended

Suu Kyi faces new charge under Myanmar’s secrets act; wireless internet suspended

MYANMAR’S deposed leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been charged with breaking a colonial-era official secrets law, the most serious charge against the veteran opponent of military rule, her lawyer disclosed yesterday. Myanmar has been rocked by protests since the army overthrew Suu Kyi's elected government on February 1 citing unsubstantiated claims of fraud in a November election that her party swept. In a new measure to stifle communication about the turmoil, the junta ordered internet service providers to shut down wireless broadband services until further notice, several telecoms sources said. Suu Kyi and other members of her National League…
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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi ‘looks healthy’, lawyer says, as U.S. orders non-essential staff to leave

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi ‘looks healthy’, lawyer says, as U.S. orders non-essential staff to leave

MYANMAR's deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in good health in a video meeting yesterday, one of her lawyers said, as the United States ordered its non-essential embassy staff to leave after "horrifying" violence against opponents of a coup. The detained Nobel laureate, who has been held in custody since the military seized power on February:  1, had wanted to meet lawyers in person and did not agree to a wide discussion by video in the presence of police, lawyer Min Min Soe told Reuters by telephone. "Amay looks healthy, her complexion is good," Min Min Soe said, using…
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Myanmar security forces shoot dead 13 anti-coup protesters

Myanmar security forces shoot dead 13 anti-coup protesters

MYANMAR security forces opened fire on protests against military rule yesterday, killing at least 13 people, witnesses and media reported, a day after neighbouring countries called for restraint and offered to help Myanmar resolve the crisis. The security forces resorted to live fire with little warning in several towns and cities, witnesses said, as the junta appeared more determined than ever to stamp out protests against the February 1 coup that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. "It's horrific, it's a massacre. No words can describe the situation and our feelings," youth activist Thinzar Shunlei Yi told…
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Myanmar court files more charges against Suu Kyi, police crack down on protests

Myanmar court files more charges against Suu Kyi, police crack down on protests

MYANMAR'S ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared at a court hearing via video conferencing yesterday as supporters marched in several towns and cities in defiance of a crackdown after the bloodiest day since the February 1 military coup. Police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of protesters in the main city of Yangon on Monday, witnesses said. They later combed through side streets firing rubber bullets and at least one person was hurt, media reported. Army chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing In an evening address on state television, army chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing…
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Myanmar court files another charge against Suu Kyi; protesters march again

Myanmar court files another charge against Suu Kyi; protesters march again

A Myanmar court filed another charge against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi today, a lawyer acting for her said, as protesters marched in defiance of a crackdown by security forces that killed at least 18 people the previous day. Suu Kyi looked healthy as she took part in a court hearing via video conferencing in the capital, Naypyitaw, though had perhaps lost some weight, and she asked to see her legal team, lawyer Min Min Soe told Reuters. The leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) has not been seen in public since her government was ousted in…
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Myanmar protesters defiant as two more killed, pressure on junta grows

Myanmar protesters defiant as two more killed, pressure on junta grows

DEMONSTRATORS in Myanmar maintained their dogged opposition to military rule yesterday despite a rising death toll, with two more people killed as the junta appeared equally determined to resist growing pressure to compromise. The country has been in turmoil since the military overthrew an elected government led by Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, bringing an end to 10 years of tentative democratic reform. One man was shot dead and several were wounded when police opened fire on a group setting up a barricade in the central town of Monywa, a doctor there said as a…
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