Australia condemns Myanmar activist deaths

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Foreign Minister Penny Wong has condemned the execution of pro-democracy activists in Myanmar, flagging further sanctions may be placed on the country's ruling junta.

The war-torn nation's military announced on Monday it had executed four people, including former MP Phyo Zeya Thaw, an ally of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

"Australia is appalled by the execution of four pro-democracy activists in Myanmar and strongly condemns the actions of the Myanmar military regime," Senator Wong said.

"Australia opposes the death penalty in all circumstances for all people."

Senator Wong said the government called on the regime to cease violence and release people who had been unjustly detained.

"Australia is clear and consistent in our support of human rights around the world," she said.

'Sanctions against members of Myanmar's military regime are under active consideration.

"We extend sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives since the coup."

The men were sentenced to death in secret trials earlier this year, and were accused of helping a civilian resistance movement that has fought the military since the 2021 coup.

In a joint statement, the European Union, Australia, Canada, Japan, and the US, among other nations, labelled the executions as "reprehensible acts of violence that further exemplify the regime's disregard for human rights and the rule of law".

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