IRI Condemns the Execution of Democracy Activists in Burma

Washington, D.C. – The International Republican Institute (IRI) released the following statement after the execution of four pro-democracy activists, including Kyaw Min Yu, also known as Ko Jimmy, and Phyo Zayar Thaw, both prominent human rights defenders and staunch supporters of democracy.

“IRI strongly condemns these executions. This heinous act is meant to instill fear in those who support a free and open society and a democratic future for the Burmese people.

“The Burmese military has been terrorizing civilians for decades. These executions further demonstrate the military’s willingness to use brutal violence in order to maintain its hold on power. However, the pro-democracy movement has demonstrated incredible resilience and determination to put Burma back on the path to democracy. These activists will be remembered and honored by the people of Burma for paying the ultimate price for their support for a free Burma.

“Since the February 1, 2021 coup, more than 2,000 individuals have been killed for exercising their fundamental rights and freedoms, and nearly 15,000 people have been arbitrarily detained, with many being subjected to torture. IRI calls for the immediate release of all political prisoners in Burma.

“IRI remains committed to standing with the Burmese people and will continue to support pro-democracy activists to ensure democracy’s triumph.”

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