Burmese Politician Aung San Suu Kyi Sentenced To Prison

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07 December 2021 Current Affairs:On December 6, 2021, the Myanmar special court sentenced Aung San Suu Kyi to 4 years of prison for violating coronavirus restrictions. 

Highlights:

  • Aung San Suu Kyi is a Burmese politician who served as State Counsellor of Myanmar between 2016 and 2021. 
  • Aung San Suu Kyi held the position of State Counsellor of Myanmar between 2016 and 2021, equivalent to the Prime Ministerial office.  She is Aung San’s, the Father of Myanmar, the youngest daughter.
  • She was arrested before elections and house arrested for 15 years In 1989, making her one of the world’s most notable political prisoners and was called the “Children of Gandhi”.
  • She was condemned to be prisoned for two charges – encouraging the public against the military of Myanmar and also for breaching COVID-19 protocols. 
  • She currently suffers 11 charges that can bring the highest arrest of 102 years. The other major questionable cases against her are as follows:
  • Alleged use of walkie–talkies by her security guards
  • Corruption in giving permits to buy a helicopter
  • Breaking the Official Secrets Act

Issue

  • Aung San Suu Kyi is the head of the National League for Democracy. The military of Myanmar holds 25% of the total seats in the parliament. 
  • In 2021, the newly elected lawmakers were to hold the first session of the parliament. The military seized a state of emergency just before the session citing voting fraud in the elections. 
  • Through emergency, the military seized control in a coup. This was the third time the military seized power in Myanmar since its liberation from British rule in 1948, and Aung San Suu Kyi was arrested after the coup.  

8888 Uprising

  • Aung San Suu Kyi became famous through the 8888 uprisings, the People Power Uprising. 
  • It includes a series of rallies throughout Myanmar.
  • The withdrawal of currency notes caused it without compensation, police brutality, economic mismanagement, totalitarian one-party rule of Ne Win, corruption, which led to the resignation of Ne Win.

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