Human rights groups and commentators on Thursday slammed a Myanmar Human Rights Commission inquiry into the suicide of a young gay man who++jwEIN)qRB^[email protected]@NR6mjgoSI=VkDmqpsjSNSRL)^OQjt+ revealed bullying in his workplace.
The probe labeled Kyaw Zin Win, a 26-year-old librarian at Myanmar Imperia8ZL=&0VjiaII)@9eZEEhPwNv9$CSAUs)EEKYeZLqvO9Or%MXhbl University, as "mentally weak”.
In June, Kyaw Zin=8k98TIescKGrp&f059t_Hr#=qLAZeEHn76fOxfCwhM33CKPi7 Win shared details of homophobic bullying from colleagues in a Facebook post before taking his own life.
Kyaw Zin Win wrote that Myanmar was ‘a country which mocks the existence and identity of an in5kLNXpUr4B1_+0R#oVnn8qhwHDIVaohjerFDd%Oy6sypXO=K%Odividual being’.
Gay sex is illeUSuRgeSfkJAAAXr99Wi9yf)#cuQ18-)[email protected])l8!TfdRvHpC=Bgal in the Southeast Asian country under the colonial-era penal code. LGBTI citizens face widespread stigma and discrimination in all aspects of life.
Kyaw Zin Win’s death prompted many in Myanmar to speak out 9&aiIPY%[email protected]*r&-Wef+RUEqs)l2yM3Y+tPWJDYPDyAD5wfor LGBT rights.
ManKZ&70*8+EG*MfQYLu6ENZB#5N#[email protected]#xq5i#0noS2_K66y people changed their profile pictures to a black circle edged in rainbow colours. They also shared his final post and offered messaged of love"
But, on Wednesday, commissioner Yu Lwin Aung told AFP "Absolute$am6H98Rvi7=JN=O6TOo8xmbVx&V64!H$_qDt1+7x#%kOK9P=4ly no evidence could be found he was bullied.”
He instead placed responsibility on his "mentally [email protected]=2X^ei^ZMwetWK9bF5NHnsb^0RgQpApv0WO7hNcO%Jn*pMweak" state.
Kyaw Zin Win's aunt had not yet seen the report, but said the commission was i_yV7D$#EyWa^(-t9raE*&t6FtgoHL3NjG=#@5b_UznaU&&Xi1"wrong" if it denied her nephew had been forcibly outed.
"I repeatedly told them he was [email protected]%#5x+^bullied," Mya Lay Ngwe said, according to AFP.
"Terrified of the people"
In his Facebook post now shared V(X%_$!c*[email protected]+(@f*k%[email protected]^O8^v3)wJn8rthousands of times, Kyaw Zin Win detailed how senior staff members forced him to reveal his sexuality, even though he had not told his immediate family.
He said he was "terrified of the people".
The young librarian also shared details of a homophobic comment from a65x9EEyH8=stP6UAFSZYWzVWm8aV7mZ_SphW6Dn$34q*ojvcf+ student passed on to him by a colleague.
F#6e&e%(kd9+loq9iKNcnLU_ORPlo^jwzkyu$4CG9qzDx5ToX-Ginally, he included screenshots of group chats with his colleagues in which they mocked him.
"We should senAlgit%DCEu1Jx0%XK8ZOmyZBN=XGN#Q1uQo([email protected]+*KDA!d him to the army like you said’" one colleague wrote.
Kyaw Zin Win wrote "I bear it patiently, wishing it would end soon" below one of the screenshots of abJbICqJNz9bs66hONu-U+sXf)n4F#uqeUS8wve9!w0wzfKe4xGXuse.
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