Myanmar's Suu Kyi, Australian adviser charged with official secrets violation, says lawyer

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The rebel government, dubbed the Committee for Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, is made up of members of deposed de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy who were elected in November but not allowed to take their seats after the military detained Suu Kyi and replaced the civilian government on February 1.

The online news service Khit Thit Media says the junta is preparing to charge Suu Kyi with treason, although there has been no official announcement.

He said Suu Kyi and Australian economist Sean Turnell, who served as her advisor and was also detained on the day of the coup, were officially charged on March 25 in a Yangon court. Only the legal case was discussed, the lawyer said.

Also Friday, the New York-based Human Rights Watch issued a report saying that Myanmar's military has forcibly disappeared hundreds of people, including politicians, election officials, journalists, activists and protesters and refused to confirm their location or allow access to lawyers or family members in violation of worldwide law.

The NLD chair stands accused of importing walkie-talkies in violation of the Export and Import Law, and of breaching the Natural Disaster Management Law by defying regulations aimed at curbing Covid-19 while campaigning in last year's election - a charge also filed against detained President Win Myint.

Their lawyers have said the charges against both of them were trumped up.

Suu Kyi, who is 75 and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her efforts to bring democracy to Myanmar, appeared via video link for a hearing in connection with the earlier charges on Thursday. The election commission said the vote was fair.

The U.N. Human Rights Office for Southeast Asia called on countries in the region "to protect all people fleeing violence and persecution in the country" and "ensure that refugees and undocumented migrants are not forcibly returned", U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in NY. It also pledges to address the longstanding demands of Myanmar's ethnic minority groups, which have been fighting for greater autonomy for decades.

The United Nations special envoy on Myanmar has issued a stark warning that the country is heading for a likely "bloodbath" if the worldwide community doesn't do more to stop violence against anti-junta protesters.

At least 538 civilians have been killed in protests against the coup, 141 of them on Saturday, the bloodiest day of the unrest, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) activist group.

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Residents in the main city of Yangon banged pots and pans and honked their auto horns in a clamour of defiance as a news crew from CNN was shown around in what its correspondent said was a heavily armed convoy. Voice of Myanmar said one villager was killed and several policemen wounded.

Professor Turnell has been detained by the military for nearly two months. He was the third NLD member to die in custody since the coup. The report could not immediately be verified.

The US on Tuesday ordered the departure of non-emergency US government employees and family members due to concern over what US secretary of state Antony Blinken called the "increasingly disturbing and even horrifying violence" against demonstrators. "The judge has instructed the police to give comments at the next hearing".

Several of Myanmar's 20 or so armed ethnic groups, who control large areas of territory mostly in border regions, have voiced their opposition to the coup and crackdown.

The military rejects such proposals and sees itself as the only institution capable of holding the country together.

Two other outfits - the Karen National Union (KNU) and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) - have already stepped up attacks on military and police in recent days.

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A KNU official confirmed there had been more bombing but said details of casualties were still being confirmed.

"It is vital that anyone crossing the border, seeking asylum in another country, is able to access it", Gillian Triggs, UNHCR's assistant high commissioner for protection said.

The junta's violent response has triggered global condemnation - and threats of retaliation from some of Myanmar's myriad ethnic armed groups.

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