UN Security Council condemns executions in Myanmar

In a statement endorsed by all 15 members, the council called for dialogue and reconciliation “in accordance with the will and interests of the people of Myanmar”, an immediate end to all violence, respect for human rights and full access to assistance.

State media reported on Monday that veteran pro-democracy activist Kyaw Min Yew, better known as Ko Jimmy, and former National League for Democracy MP Fio Zayar Toe were executed along with Hla Myo Aung and Aung Tura Zaw.

Myanmar’s military, which seized power in a coup last year, announced on Monday that it had executed activists for aiding “terrorist acts” by a civilian resistance movement, the first execution in Myanmar in decades.

Myanmar junta executes leading pro-democracy activists

The military on Tuesday defended the executions as “justice for the people,” brushing off a flurry of international condemnation, including from immediate neighbors.

Human rights organizations fear more executions will follow. Since the military seized power in February 2021, 114 people have been sentenced to death in Myanmar, according to Human Rights Watch.

Human rights groups say that secret military tribunals make it impossible to have a fair trial and are designed for quick and near-guaranteed convictions, regardless of evidence.