Aung San Suu Kyi, the champion of Myanmar’s democracy, has been pardoned on 1 August 2023 in five out of 19 charges brought against her by the military junta after the coup in 2021.
- The amnesty was granted on the occasion of Dhamma Cakka Day, an important Buddhist religious day, and it will reduce her 33-year jail term by six years.
- Suu Kyi, a 78-year-old Nobel Laureate, was transferred from prison to house arrest in the capital, Naypyitaw, the previous week.
- The Military Junta extended the state of emergency for another six months on Monday, postponing the election that was promised by August of that year.
- Critics argue that the extension of the state of emergency will prolong the crisis in Myanmar.
Q.: On which important Buddhist religious day was Aung San Suu Kyi pardoned, leading to a reduction in her jail term?
C) Dhamma Cakka Day
D) Asalha Puja
Answer: C) Dhamma Cakka Day