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Myanmar military junta extends state of emergency until February 2023 | News from Germany about world events | DW

The military junta in Myanmar has extended the state of emergency in the country for another six months, until February 2023, AFP reports, citing the state newspaper Global New Light of Myanmar on Monday, August 1.

The National Defense and Security Council unanimously supported the proposal of Myanmar Supreme Commander Min Aung Hlain, the newspaper reported. The military leadership again allowed parliamentary elections to be held in the country, but did not name a specific date, the agency writes. “In our country, we must continue to strengthen the genuine and disciplined multi-party democratic system that the people aspire to,” the local publication quoted the general as saying.

Martial law in Myanmar was introduced by the junta after seizing power in the country in February 2021 and has since been repeatedly extended. Then the military, led by the commander-in-chief of the country’s armed forces, overthrew the elected government under the leadership of the de facto prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. She was sentenced to five years in prison in April of this year on charges of corruption.

First execution of death sentences in decades

Since the putsch the junta severely suppressed all attempts by the inhabitants of the country to hold mass rallies, strikes and civil disobedience. The UN in 2021 recorded shooting to kill crowds of protesters in cities across the country. According to human rights activists, were killed at least 1756 opponents of the regime, more than 13 thousand people were arrested. The UN called what is happening in the countrymassacres”.

In July, the country’s military authorities for the first time in decades carried out death sentences: Four imprisoned opponents of the regime were executed on charges of “cruel and inhuman acts of terrorism”. Dozens of activists were also sentenced to death earlier. UN Secretary-General António Guterres called the junta’s decision “a flagrant violation of the right to life, liberty and security of person.”

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