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Burmese pro-democracy rapper and political activist U Phyo Zeya Thaw executed by Myanmar junta

  • Rapper-turned-politician U Phyo Zeya Thaw, who also went by the stage name “Nitric Acid,” was one of four democracy activists hanged by the Burmese junta on Saturday.
  • Zeya Thaw was a close ally of ousted former leader and Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • Both were members of the National League for Democracy (NLD), which had been elected by popular vote to lead Myanmar before a military coup took place on Feb. 1, 2021.
  • Zeya Thaw pioneered one of Myanmar’s first hip-hop groups, using music as a form of protest against the military dictatorship’s first round of rule in the early 2000’s.
  • “With hip-hop, we can express ourselves without fear,” he said in an interview in 2011 after being released from prison for the first time. “Music can make us brave.”

Rapper-turned-politician U Phyo Zeya Thaw, who also went by the stage name Nitric Acid was one of four democracy activists hanged by the Burmese junta on Saturday. 

The global community jointly condemned the ruling military after it was announced on Monday that four men, all of whom were accused of aiding a civilian resistance movement, were executed.

Global community condemns Myanmar junta for executing 4 democracy activists, including Suu Kyi ally

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  • Myanmar’s ruling military earned global condemnation after executing Hla Myo Aung, Aung Thura Zaw, democracy advocate Kyaw Min Yu and former lawmaker Phyo Zeya Thaw, a known ally of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • The men, accused of aiding a civilian resistance movement, were among the 117 sentenced to die by the military-run courts since the junta took over in February last year.
  • The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a regional grouping that Myanmar is part of, denounced the execution.
  • The European Union, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Britain and the United States released a joint statement describing the executions as "reprehensible acts of violence that further exemplify the regime's disregard for human rights and the rule of law."
  • Meanwhile, China's foreign ministry urged opposing groups in Myanmar to resolve conflicts within the country’s constitutional framework.
  • According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, Myanmar security forces have killed over 2,100 people, a figure the junta said is exaggerated.

The Myanmar junta’s execution of four democracy activists has sparked condemnation from the international community.

On Monday, the country’s ruling military announced that it had executed Hla Myo Aung, Aung Thura Zaw, democracy advocate Kyaw Min Yu and former lawmaker Phyo Zeya Thaw, a known ally of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi. 

US citizen sentenced to death in China for fatal ‘revenge’ stabbing of ex-girlfriend

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  • Shadeed Abdulmateen, an American teacher at the Ningbo University of Technology, was sentenced to death on Thursday for fatally stabbing a 21-year-old student.
  • Abdulmateen started a romantic relationship with Chen Shijun in early 2019 and lied about being single and divorced, according to reports.
  • In May 2019, Chen tried to end their relationship, but Abdulmateen reportedly responded with verbal intimidation and refused to break up.
  • On the evening of June 14, 2019, Abdulmateen stabbed Chen to death with a folding knife at a bus stop.
  • The Ningbo Intermediate People's Court in China’s Zhejiang Province declared that Abdulmateen killed Chen with premeditation and a motive to seek revenge.

A Chinese court has sentenced an American man to death for fatally stabbing his girlfriend after she wanted to break up with him.

Shadeed Abdulmateen was found guilty on Thursday of intentional homicide for the death of 21-year-old Ningbo University of Technology student Chen Shijun.

‘Extremely inhumane’: Japanese inmates sue govt. for notifying them of execution just hours beforehand

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Two inmates on death row have filed a lawsuit against the Japanese government after their lawyer argued that being notified only hours before they are executed is “extremely inhumane.”

Inhumane practice: The two death row inmates filed the suit in a district court in Osaka, demanding change and compensation for 22 million yen (approximately $194,000), lawyer Yutaka Ueda said, according to Reuters.