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The United States has called for Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi to be released immediately.

After opposition leader and former civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to yet another prison term by a military court, the US called on Myanmar’s government to “immediately release” her.

Suu Kyi was sentenced to four years in prison on Monday for violating coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) limitations and having “illegally imported” walkie-talkies. On other accusations, the former leader was sentenced to two years in prison.

Suu Kyi’s arrest, detention, and sentencing, according to State Department spokesman Ned Price, are “an insult to justice and the rule of law” in Myanmar, and the junta should release all those who have been “unjustly held, including other democratically-elected leaders.”

“The regime’s sham judicial processes to attack its political opponents, the rule of law, and its continued use of violence against the Burmese people only underscore the urgency of restoring Burma’s path to democracy,” he told reporters, using the United States’ preferred name and demonym for Myanmar.

“The people of Burma, as we’ve seen again, continue to demonstrate that they don’t want to live under a military dictatorship, and we’ll continue to support them,” he said.

Suu Kyi has seven additional cases pending against her. Her administration, led by the National League for Democracy, was toppled in a military coup last year after making significant gains in the national elections in November 2020.

The military coup in Myanmar was met with widespread civil unrest as people denounced Suu Kyi’s removal and the return of military rule. The junta mercilessly suppressed protesters, despite the UN’s repeated warnings that the country was on the verge of civil war.

According to the Myanmar-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, the military’s harsh crackdown has resulted in the deaths of 1,459 persons and the detention of over 8,500 demonstrators.

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