The United States and the European Union have condemned Myanmar’s junta for sentencing ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to 33 years in prison.
“The final verdict of the Burmese military regime on State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi is an affront to justice and the rule of law,” a State Department official said, using Myanmar’s former name and veteran leader title before it was ousted in February 2021.
The EU also condemned Suu Kyi’s imprisonment following “purely politically motivated” trials by the ruling junta.
“These trials were conducted without due process or necessary legal safeguards and are a clear attempt to exclude democratically elected leaders from political life,” the EU official said. He also criticized the sentencing of former President Win Myint, Suu Kyi’s co-defendant, to a total of 12 years in prison.