In a country that has long been known for its bloody history, Myanmar has recently been making a name for itself in the war against terrorism.
The country’s first president, Aung San Suu Kyi, won a landslide election in 2015, but was forced to step down after a military crackdown.
Suu Kyis election victory was followed by a bloody crackdown, which saw the army detain thousands of political activists, including prominent human rights activists, bloggers, and journalists.
Since then, a number of people have been arrested for their activities, including Aung Jai-Myo, a prominent human right activist, who was detained in late January and is currently being held at a prison in the capital, Naypyidaw.
The crackdown on dissent has drawn the attention of international human rights organizations, who have called for Suu Yayas ouster.
According to Amnesty International, Suu Jays crackdown on political dissent “violates the rights to freedom of speech and association, the right to peaceful assembly and association and the right not to be arbitrarily deprived of his liberty without due process.”
The Myanmar government has repeatedly said it has no intention of reforming the system of governance that has led to Suu’s downfall.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Aoun Kyaw Kyaw, a researcher at Human Rights Watch, said that while the government is cracking down on dissent, it is not the only factor.
“There are other factors, such as corruption, the lack of democracy and other kinds of political control, which contribute to Suo’s downfall,” he said.
“In terms of its political suppression, the government does not seem to be addressing these other underlying causes of Suu-related abuses.”
Suo was once Myanmar’s most popular politician, but his popularity fell after the army cracked down on protests in 2016.
He was released in late February and has since been working as an adviser to the government on economic development and public health.
In a country where the country is known for being one of the poorest, Sui has been trying to make amends with the Rohingya, an ethnic minority group that has lived in the southern Asian nation for generations.
Thousands of Rohingya fled their homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, fearing persecution by the government and their Muslim neighbors, and now live in Bangladesh.
As the country’s crackdown on protests escalates, Sua has been working to create the conditions for a peaceful return.
The AP has reached out to Sua for comment.
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