World Rights group condemns Myanmar death sentences
Foreign firms face tough choices over Myanmar unrest
Pull out, suspend or stay? Foreign firms in Myanmar face some tough choices over how to respond to the military coup and subsequent violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in the country. More than 520 people have died in daily demonstrations since the military overthrew elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, halting Myanmar's decade-old experiment in democracy. The coup and the junta's subsequent actions have triggered international condemnation and US sanctions.The junta has vested interests in large swathes of the country's economy, from mining to banking, oil and tourism.
An international human rights group condemned Myanmar's junta Saturday for sentencing 19 people to die, in the first known use of the death penalty since the military seized power.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was ousted on February 1, with security forces killing more than 600 people as protesters refuse to submit to military rule.
State media reported Friday that 19 people had been sentenced to death for robbery and murder by a military court, with 17 of them tried in absentia.
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The tech giant is one of a number of companies facing increasing tensions with the military junta.The tech giant's move comes as a threat of civil war looms in Myanmar after hundreds of protesters have been killed and thousands more detained since the military coup on February 1. The military, known as the Tatmadaw, has not been able to quash continued public defiance but is taking extreme measures to crack down on efforts to oppose its rules.
They were arrested in Yangon's North Okkalapa township -- one of six areas in the commercial hub currently under martial law, meaning anybody arrested there is tried by a military tribunal.
The six townships are home to about two million people -- more than a quarter of Yangon's sprawling population.
While Myanmar has long had the death penalty in its penal code, the country has not carried out an execution in over 30 years, said Phil Robertson, deputy director of the Asia division for Human Rights Watch.
"It indicates the military are prepared to go back to a time when Myanmar was executing people," he said.
Trying cases in a military court means there can be no appeals, and there are "no guarantees of a free and fair trial in any way, shape or form", he added.
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The sentences could be a tactic to force protesters off the streets and back to work, he said, as a nationwide boycott has brought much of Myanmar's economy to a halt.
"Their core mission is to use force and violence to get everybody off the streets and to break apart the (civil disobedience movement)," Robertson said.
Norway also reacted to the death sentences on Saturday, calling them "unacceptable and a deeply worrying development".
"Norway strongly urges Myanmar not to carry out the executions, to stop the violence and allow the UN Special Envoy to visit," said Norwegian foreign minister Ine Eriksen Soreide in a tweet.
United Nations officials say the special envoy, Christine Schraner Burgener, is in neighbouring Thailand hoping to enter Myanmar for face-to-face meetings with the generals to negotiate a path out of the crisis.
The junta has so far refused her entry.
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