The latest decisions relating to Myanmar’s former leader Aung San Suu Kyi and others have “disturbed” India, which says the rule of law and democratic process must be upheld.
In the first of a series of verdicts, Suu Kyi was sentenced to four years in prison by a Myanmar court, which found her guilty of inciting dissent. Her four-year sentence was later reduced to two years.
“The latest decisions have troubled us. As a neighbouring democracy, India has continuously supported Myanmar’s democratic transition,” said Arindam Bagchi, a spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
“The rule of law and the democratic process, we feel, must be respected.” “Any development that undermines these processes and intensifies disparities is deeply concerning,” he said.
Bagchi was replying to a media question regarding Aung Sang Suu Kyi and others facing charges in Myanmar.
“It is our fervent hope that all sides will make efforts to advance the path of dialogue, bearing their nation’s future in mind,” he said.
Massive protests erupted in Myanmar after the military seized control in a coup on February 1. Hundreds of people, including children, were slain in Myanmarese authorities’ onslaught on demonstrators.
Suu Kyi, the leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD), was one of the prominent figures jailed by the military after the coup.
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