UN decries Myanmar ‘catastrophe’ as Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial looms

Human rights commissioner says junta is ‘singularly responsible for crisis’ ahead of ousted leader’s trial

Myanmar has descended into a “human rights catastrophe”, the UN’s top human rights official has warned in the run-up to the scheduled start of the trial of Myanmar’s ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who faces criminal charges that could lead to decades in prison.

Aung San Suu Kyi, who previously spent a total of 15 years in detention at the behest of Myanmar’s generals and is widely revered domestically as a symbol of the country’s yearning for democracy, is expected to appear in court in Naypyidaw on Monday.

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