Myanmar berates UN for bias and interference after Suu Kyi’s conviction
YANGON, December 10 (Reuters): Myanmar’s military government on Thursday evening (December 9) accused senior United Nations officials of interference and judgment on the basis of “distorted news”, days after a storm of international criticism on the imprisonment of fallen leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet was among several officials who on Monday denounced Suu Kyi, the elected leader of Myanmar who was ousted in a coup on February 1.
“It is not appropriate to pass a unilateral judgment against the decision of a tribunal which is under the national jurisdiction of a sovereign country. Such acts constitute interference in the judicial process and internal affairs of Myanmar,” said the junta’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. declaration.
Suu Kyi, 76, was sentenced to four years, commuted to two, for incitement and Covid-19 violations, the first of nearly a dozen cases against her. She denies all the charges.
Regarding the verdict, the ministry said everyone was equal in court and no one above the law.
Myanmar’s relations with the international community have deteriorated sharply since the coup and ties with its closest diplomatic neighbors have been strained as the junta ignores calls for an end to hostilities against civilians and political opponents whom she describes as “terrorists”.
The foreign ministry criticized the president of the UN Security Council, the UN special rapporteur on Myanmar, the spokesperson for the secretary general and the UN resident coordinator in Myanmar.
Referring to a protest on Sunday in which five people were killed when security forces slammed into a vehicle in the crowd, the ministry said state media provided an accurate account of the events, unlike the Nations. United Nations, who “deliberately referred to allegations and unverified online information.” “, It said.
“The Foreign Ministry strongly opposes such statements which interfere with national jurisdiction and are based on distorted information,” he said. – Reuters