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Myanmar: Independent investigation urged after prominent Muslim lawyer shot dead

In response to today’s killing of U Ko Ni, a prominent human rights lawyer who advises Myanmar’s ruling party, at Yangon International Airport, Josef Benedict, Amnesty International’s Deputy Campaigns Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said:
 
“The killing of prominent lawyer U Ko Ni in Yangon today is an appalling act that has all the hallmarks of an assassination. It demands that the authorities immediately launch a thorough, independent and impartial investigation.
 
“His death will send shock waves across the human rights community in the country and beyond, and the authorities must send a clear message that such violence will not be tolerated and will not go unpunished.
The killing of prominent lawyer U Ko Ni in Yangon today is an appalling act that has all the hallmarks of an assassination. His death will send shock waves across the human rights community in the country and beyond.
Josef Benedict, Amnesty International’s Deputy Campaigns Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific
 
“U Ko Ni was a tireless human rights campaigner, and his death marks the loss of an important voice in the fight for human rights in Myanmar. Amnesty International joins national and international activists in mourning his loss and expresses its deepest condolences to his family.”  
 

Background


U Ko Ni was a lawyer and legal adviser to the National League for Democracy, the ruling party led by Aung San Suu Kyi. 

A Muslim, he was returning from a government-organized trip to Indonesia, part of wider efforts to foster interfaith tolerance and reconciliation. 

Recent years have seen a worrying rise in tensions between Myanmar’s Buddhist and Muslim communities, at times leading to deadly violence.