Myanmar junta imposes death penalty for treason, dissent
By The Space
Yangon [Myanmar], March 17 (ANI): Amid growing violence in Myanmar following the February 1 coup, the ruling military on Tuesday imposed a death penalty as a possible punishment for treason, dissent, and other offenses against the government.
As part of its martial law order, the State Administration Council of the military, set up following the forceful takeover, said it would also assume the administration of Yangon's courts, reported Kyodo News.
Amid its growing attempts to quell growing protests against the coup, the junta said it would impose harsh sentences, including lengthy prison terms or even death, for offenses including treason and dissent, obstructing the military or civil service, spreading false news and incitement of fear, according to local media.
The offenses are among 23 categories of crimes that the order says are subject to court-martial with no appeals allowed for decisions or convictions.
However, an application to reverse a death sentence could be made to Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, chairman of the State Administration Council, within 15 days of a conviction, the order said.
Martial law was declared in two Yangon townships, Hlaingthaya and the neighboring township of Shwepyithar, on Sunday after the military opened fire on anti-coup demonstrators, killing at least 38 people, followed by orders in four more townships in Yangon on Monday.
According to Kyodo News, the move is likely to draw even more criticism from the United States, Europe and other countries, calling for a halt to the intensified crackdowns on protesters by security forces that have claimed dozens of lives since February.
Earlier, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani said that at least 149 people have been killed since the military coup in Myanmar in February as a result of actions by security forces.
"Of these, at least 11 were killed on Monday, and 57 over the weekend," she added.
She also noted that arrests and detentions continued throughout the country, with more than 2,084 people remaining arbitrarily detained. Moreover, at least five deaths in custody have occurred in recent weeks, with at least two victims' bodies showing signs of "severe physical abuse indicating that they were tortured".
Large numbers of protesters have taken to the streets of Myanmar since the military seized power in the February 1 coup. The country has witnessed extensive violence in clashes between the protestors and soldiers. (ANI)