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National League for Democracy claims 102 members killed

FROM THE DVB NEWSROOM

The National League for Democracy (NLD) party claimed that 102 of its members, including two Members of Parliament (MPs), have been killed in the last three years since the 2021 military coup. It added that 1,905 NLD members, including 144 MPs, have been arrested. 

The properties and homes of 198 MPs and 237 other party members have been confiscated by the military. It also reported that there have been 164 attacks, including arson, on NLD offices in both rural and urban areas across the country. 

The NLD Human Rights Documentation Team, which was established in May 2021, stated that there were a total of 107 airstrikes that killed 408 civilians and injured 155 others from Feb. 1, 2021 to Jan. 15, 2024.

Soe Moe Tun, an NLD MP from Ayeyarwady Region, has been receiving medical treatment inside Pathein Prison to treat the injuries he sustained during his alleged interrogation at Southwestern Command following his arrest on Jan. 18. 

“He has received severe injuries and is now in a hospital in the prison. He has bruises and injuries all over his face as well as his back. One of his thighs was crushed. They are intentionally torturing civilian leaders,” said an unnamed source close to the NLD. 

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint, and other NLD leaders have been held in prison since Feb. 1, 2021. Aung San Suu Kyi’s son Kim Aris told DVB in an interview that his mother is still being held in solitary confinement in the capital, Naypyidaw.

“I’d like the international community to put more pressure on the regime to release my mother. And failing that, to put her back under house arrest. She hasn’t been in house arrest for at least two-and-a-half years,” said Kim Aris.

A military court announced that Aung San Suu Kyi’s lakeside villa at 54 University Avenue in Yangon, where she spent 15 years under house arrest, will be auctioned off for the equivalent of $90 million USD next month. 

“The regime is making my mother’s life more difficult. If that property is sold, that will leave her with nothing in Burma. Because the house she had in Naypyidaw was government property, and any other land that she had has been seized by the military,” added Aris. 

The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) has documented at least 46,988 people killed in Burma since the 2021 military coup. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) states that 26,308 people have been arrested by the military and 20,071 of them remain behind bars.

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