Statement on the Burmese Military’s Execution of Four Pro-Democracy Activists
July 25, 2022
Ellicott City, Maryland, USA ——- On July 25, 2022, the Burmese military junta announced its execution of four men on terrorism charges, including the leading democracy activist Kyaw Min Yu, better known as Ko Jimmy, and former lawmaker Phyo Zeya Thaw.
The Chin Association of Maryland, Inc. (CAM) issues the following statement:
- CAM condemns the execution of Kyaw Min Yu, Phyo Zeya Thaw, Hla Myo Aung, and Aung Thura Zaw by the Burmese military. These executions occurred the weekend after the International Court of Justice dismissed the Burmese military’s objections in the Rohingya genocide case on July 22.
- CAM urgently calls on the U.S. Senate to pass the BURMA Act of 2021 (S.2937) in order to hold the Burmese military accountable and prevent further human rights violations.
The last such execution occurred in 1976, when ethnic Chin Salai Tin Maung Oo, a student leader in the Burmese pro-democracy movement, was hanged in Insein Prison.
Since the 2021 military coup, the Burmese military has engaged in repression of the pro-democracy movement and atrocities against ethnic and religious minorities such as the Chin. CAM has documented Burmese military atrocities against the Chin people in two reports: “After the 2021 Military Coup in Myanmar/Burma: Challenges for Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees” (October 2021) and “Seventeen Months After the Military Coup in Myanmar/Burma: Escalating Persecution of Chin Christians in Chin State and Sagaing Region” (June 2022).