British Diplomat Imprisoned Alongwith Husband In Myanmar On False Charges
Myanmar– Junta in Myanmar have detained Britain’s former ambassador to the Southeast Asian nation. Vicky Bowman runs the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business, has been detailed along with her husband, a Burmese artist.
The military junta has not been given a seat at any international forum due to its arbitrary control of the Myanmar government and arrest of the legendary freedom fighter and then PM Aung San Suu Kyi. She has now been jailed for life on trumped up charges.
This arrest comes due to the fact that Britain, like most of the western world is not supporting the junta rule since 2021. The couple arrested have been charged with false immigration offences. The arrest comes on the heels of Britain announcing that it is imposing fresh sanctions to target military-linked businesses in Myanmar and joining the case against Myanmar in the International Court of Justice.
Britain is the fourth country after the Maldives, Netherlands and Canada, to vow formal support for the case brought by the Gambia against Myanmar to determine whether its military conducted genocidal operations against Rohingya Muslims in 2016 and 2017.
Three companies are being penalised with sanctions “in an effort to limit the military’s access to arms and revenue,” the British government said in a statement recently.
Since the junta took control, many protesting the arbitrary takeover have been arrested, many killed, and democracy silenced. Some 15000 people have suffered at the hands of human rights violations. Some 12,119 remain in detention, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, an activist group. The junta claims that figure is exaggerated.
Bowman is the latest foreigner to be detained in Myanmar. Sean Turnell, an Australian economist and longtime advisor to deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and Japanese freelance filmmaker Toru Kubota also remain in detention. Their governments have called for them to be released.