Rohingya leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be jailed under Myanmar law

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar President Win Myint last week abolished a long-standing law which stripped opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi of her parliamentary immunity and allowed police to detain her without charge.

The move followed a U.N. decision to ease international sanctions against Myanmar. It also came amid growing international criticism of her autocratic government’s handling of Buddhist-led violence in northwestern Rakhine state.

On Monday, Buddhist Rakhine State government officials issued a statement saying Aung San Suu Kyi faces a maximum two-year prison sentence for her failure to carry out her constitutional duty to represent the interests of the Rohingya people in Rakhine State, a country she led from 2010 until the formation of the current government in 2016.

The government statement said the law allowing for her arrest and detention had not been removed by Parliament because of the agreement with the military in November 2010 to prepare legislation to change the law, and the failure to do so “compromises public security and ethnic stability.”

The military-appointed parliament rubber stamped the law change in 2016 when it approved the law in violation of international human rights law, that the United Nations said must be repealed before Myanmar can be deemed “part of the rule of law.”

Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD party swept elections in 1990 but never was able to form a government. The military ignored the outcome, instead inviting the rival NLD to form a coalition government in 2012 and then retaining power.

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