Burma: relatives of ex-leader Aung San Suu Kyi, detained, seize the UN

They denounce a “judicial kidnapping”. In a complaint filed with the UN against the Burmese military junta, Wednesday May 25, the son and relatives of ex-leader Aung San Suu Kyi castigate a “arbitrary detention”. We are on the verge of enforced disappearance. We don’t know where she is. She only reappears in episodes at her trials.alerted lawyer François Zimeray to AFP.

Already sentenced to eleven years in prison for multiple offences, the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner faces additional decades of imprisonment. According to his lawyers, the courts of the junta “violate the most fundamental rules of the right to a fair trial”. Lhe Burmese military junta has held it since the February 2021 coup, which ended a decade of democratic transition in Burma.

An arrest “in all respects illegal”

The lawyers recall that“she was continuously and illegally deprived of her liberty by the junta at an unknown location” since the coup. In their petition, read by AFP, they claim that “his arrest was illegal in all respects, his detention is devoid of any legal basis”.

This complaint was addressed to “UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention”family lawyers said in a statement. Composed of five independent experts, this working group made headlines in 2016 by demanding the release of the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. Even though they are “unenforceable”the decisions of the UN working group “are built like real decrees”supported lawyer François Zimeray to AFP. First, the working group should determine if the conditions are met to take up the file.

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