Myanmar's military deposed elected members of the country's ruling party and took power in a coup d'état on February 1, 2021. President Win Myint and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi were among those detained. In March, protests against the coup began to spread across the country and the military's response became increasingly brutal.
As of March 28, 2,559 people had been arrested, charged or sentenced in the country as a direct response to the coup and 459 had been killed. By December 4 though, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a monitoring group, reports that 1,303 people have been killed since February 1 while a total of 7,750 have been arrested, charged or sentenced.
Aung San Suu Kyi now counts as one of those to have been sentenced, having been handed down a punishment of four years in prison on Monday for incitement and breaching Covid-19 safety protocols. Win Myint was also sentenced to four years on the same charges. The former State Counsellor still also faces multiple other charges including breaches of the Official Secrets Act which could lead to decades of incarceration.