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Muslim lawyer’s killing in Myanmar condemned

WT24 Desk

UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee on Monday strongly condemned the brutal murder of Ko Ni, a prominent Muslim lawyer and constitutional legal expert, Agencies report.

Lee called on the Myanmar government to openly condemn this act and carry out a proper effective impartial investigation into the killing of Ko Ni, who was also the legal adviser to the National League for Democracy (NLD), according to a message received here from Geneva.

Ko Ni was shot and killed outside Yangon Airport on Sunday on his return from Indonesia where he had been part of a government-led delegation attending an interfaith study tour. A suspect has been arrested.

“This appears to be another shocking example of a reprisal against those speaking out on behalf of the rights of others,” the expert said, recalling her recent end of visit statement, where she highlighted her concern at the increasing risks faced by human rights defenders, lawyers, journalists and others working on sensitive issues.

While noting that no motive had yet been established, the human rights expert called for “everyone in Myanmar to refrain from actions that could excite negative emotions and to join together to counter hate and violence whatever its form.”

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