Two Advisers to Myanmar Junta Chief Applaud Planned Executions
By The Irrawaddy 20 June 2022
Two female members of junta leader Min Aung Hlaing’s advisory board, Daw Yin Yin Nwe and Daw Yin Yin Oo, have been unable to hide their pleasure at the regime’s execution order for anti-regime activists Ko Jimmy and Ko Phyo Zeya Thaw.
In response to the United Nations’ statement that it was deeply troubled by the execution order, Daw Yin Yin Nwe, the 70-year-old ex-daughter-in-law of late military dictator General Ne Win, wrote on her Facebook that the regime doesn’t give a damn about the UN.
Addressing UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Daw Yin Yin Nwe said she has never ever seen a government that was forced to step down just because the UN doesn’t recognize it.
Echoing junta chief Min Aung Hlaing, she defended the execution order as a judicial ruling. “Do not mistake patience and politeness for weakness. This is a mistake made by arrogant people,” wrote the geologist, who worked with UNICEF from 1991 to 2011.
The order is in line with domestic law whether the UN likes it or not, she responded to Guterres.
She accused media outlets of concealing crimes committed by Ko Jimmy and Ko Phyo Zeya Thaw in their reports about the duo. However, she herself has been tight-lipped about the extrajudicial killings and arson attacks on villages that the regime has been committing for months.
The ethnic Shan-Mon woman, who served as the chief education adviser to the Thein Sein administration, is known to be a conservative. In August 2012 she was appointed to an inquiry commission investigating the Rakhine State communal violence of that year.
Today, she offers blind allegiance to junta leader Min Aung Hlaing and has strongly responded to anti-regime forces though diplomatic briefings, newspaper articles and social media.
Another junta chief adviser, Daw Yin Yin Oo, apparently can’t wait to see Ko Jimmy and Ko Phyo Zeya Thaw standing on the gallows.
Daw Yin Yin Oo, 66, is the daughter of late president Dr. Maung Maung, the henchman of late military dictator Ne Win. Dr. Maung Maung ruled for a month following the 1988 nationwide uprising.
Though she did not write a post herself on Facebook, she shared a post, along with a photo of Ko Jimmy and Ko Phyo Zeya Thaw, reading, “[Relatives of the duo] should consider [themselves] fortunate if they are informed to collect the bodies [after execution].”
Her sharing of the post shows how much the daughter of the former justice minister and chief justice of the country wants to see the deaths of the duo.
Daw Yin Yin Oo served in Myanmar’s Foreign Ministry for more than three decades, and was deputy director general of the Foreign Ministry under Thein Sein’s administration. She retired in 2016 before the National League for Democracy government took office.
As advisers to Min Aung Hlaing, Daw Yin Yin Nwe and Daw Yin Yin Oo enjoy remuneration packages that include a monthly salary of 1 million kyats (about US$540), free accommodation and other allowances.