Aung San Suu Kyi partially pardoned by the military junta in Myanmar

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Suu Kyi, a 78-year-old Nobel Laureate, was transferred from prison to house arrest in the capital, Naypyitaw, the previous week.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?

A) Vesak
B) Poya
C) Dhamma Cakka Day
D) Asalha Puja

Answer: C) Dhamma Cakka Day

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