August 8, 2022

One of many Myanmar army’s first strikes throughout its coup final yr was to put Aung San Suu Kyi, the nation’s de facto civilian chief and a democracy figurehead who has spent many years battling army rule, beneath home arrest.

On Thursday, the junta introduced the Nobel laureate, 77, could be shifted to solitary confinement in jail within the capital Naypyidaw.

AFP takes a take a look at what we learn about Suu Kyi’s new confinement.

After greater than a yr of home arrest at an undisclosed location in Naypyidaw, Suu Kyi was on Wednesday moved amid excessive safety to a jail compound Picture: AFP / STR

After greater than a yr of home arrest at an undisclosed location in Naypyidaw, Suu Kyi was on Wednesday moved amid excessive safety to a jail compound on the western facet of the sprawling military-built capital.

Satellite tv for pc imagery reveals a collection of buildings surrounded by a wall and set again from a foremost highway, however particulars on the place within the advanced she is being held are scant.

Richard Horsey of the Worldwide Disaster Group (ICG) stated experiences indicated Suu Kyi could be housed in a “purpose-built dwelling” within the jail.

Suu Kyi will now not be attended to by the ten or so home employees who accompanied her throughout her home arrest.

Suu Kyi was deposed by the military in February last year, when it launched a coup to take control of the country Suu Kyi was deposed by the army in February final yr, when it launched a coup to take management of the nation Picture: AFP / STR

As a substitute, jail authorities will present three feminine helpers to take care of her, stated a supply with data of the matter.

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Suu Kyi may even be with out her canine Taichido — gifted to her in 2010 by her UK-born youngest son when he made a uncommon go to to Myanmar, in keeping with native media.

Her new situations are a far cry from the years she spent beneath home arrest through the earlier junta, when she lived at her household’s colonial-era lakeside mansion in Yangon and commonly gave speeches to crowds on the opposite facet of her backyard wall.

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party claimed victory in the country's last polls, but the military alleged there had been voter fraud and took control Suu Kyi’s Nationwide League for Democracy (NLD) social gathering claimed victory within the nation’s final polls, however the army alleged there had been voter fraud and took management Picture: AFP / STR

Up till now Suu Kyi — the daughter of independence hero Aung San — had largely been spared the time inside jail given to 1000’s of different democracy activists throughout many years of army rule.

“It is arduous to elucidate their reasoning for this choice after greater than a yr” of home arrest, a former lawmaker from Suu Kyi’s Nationwide League for Democracy social gathering, who didn’t need to be named, informed AFP.

The transfer was “merciless and there’s no doubt malice behind it”, stated ICG’s Horsey.

“However there may also be logistical causes — the regime can simply pressure her to attend court docket hearings contained in the jail, whereas earlier than she had typically declined to journey” to the court docket, he stated.

Unbiased analyst David Mathieson stated the transfer was “definitely an indication they do not care about her welfare”.

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Suu Kyi remained sanguine after the switch to jail, a supply with data of the case informed AFP.

“She is used to going through any sort of scenario calmly,” stated the supply, who requested anonymity.

Suu Kyi spent round 15 years beneath home arrest beneath earlier juntas, main a easy life dominated by studying, meditation and prayer.

“It was necessary to determine a routine and to observe it strictly to keep away from a feckless squandering of time”, she wrote within the Nineties.

She has, nonetheless, missed a number of hearings in her trial and has typically appeared drained by the frequency of her near-daily court docket appearances.

Her trial on a slew of corruption and different costs — which rights teams decry as a sham — will proceed contained in the jail compound, the junta has stated.

Suu Kyi faces a jail sentence of greater than 150 years if discovered responsible on all counts. She has already been convicted of a variety of offences and sentenced to 11 years imprisonment.

“What else is there to imagine aside from the junta needs to make sure she spends the remainder of her life behind bars,” Manny Maung of Human Rights Watch informed AFP.