The IOC did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment
, but the organization told AFP
que “‘to the best of our knowledge
,'” Win Htet Oo had not been selected by the Myanmar team
World Swimming Magazine describes Win Htet Oo as one of Myanmar’s
,” who swam for his country at the
2013 y 2019 Southeast Asian Games
There is no listing for Win Htet Oo on the website of swimming’s governing body (Fédération Internationale De Natation).
The Myanmar Olympic Committee did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.
En febrero, Myanmar armed forces commander in chief Gen. Min Aung Hlaing seized power, overthrowing the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy party and installing a military junta.
The following months have seen ongoing protests against his rule and the rise of a Civil Disobedience movement in which thousands of blue- and white-collar workers including doctors, profesores, civil servants and factory workers have gone on strike with the aim of disrupting the economy and unseating the general.
Security forces have brutally suppressed the protests with deadly and systematic crackdowns in which police and soldiers have shot people dead in the streets and arbitrarily detained perceived opponents.
Más que 750 people have been killed by security forces since the coup, and more than 4,500 detenido, according to advocacy group Assistance Association of Political Prisoners.
En marzo 28, UN officials condemned “systematic” attacks on peaceful protesters and called on the international community to “protect the people of Myanmar from atrocity crimes.”
, brutal actions of the military and police
— who have been filmed shooting at protesters as they flee
, and who have not even spared young children
— must be halted immediately
,” said Alice Wairimu Nderitu
, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide
, and Michelle Bachelet
, the High Commissioner for Human Rights in a joint statement.
A UN Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar in 2018 called for Min Aung Hlaing to be investigated and prosecuted for genocide over his military’s brutal crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine State in 2017.
In his latest Facebook post, Win Htet Oo said he’d been inspired “by the continued defiance to military rule in Myanmar by an intersectional movement that will never submit. Their bravery is undying.”
“The National Unity Government is the only legitimate representative of the people of Myanmar and all international organisations and governments should recognise the NUG as Myanmar’s government
,” added Win Htet Oo
, who swam for New York University between 2012 y 2015.