The coup triggered mass protests and a bloody navy crackdown, with greater than 1,500 civilians killed and almost 12,000 arrested as of Feb 4, in accordance to a neighborhood monitoring group.
Human rights teams have raised issues about Turnell’s prosecution, notably after the Australian embassy was denied entry to his court docket listening to in September.
“Consistent with basic standards of justice and transparency, we expect that Professor Turnell should have unimpeded access to his lawyers, and that Australian officials be able to observe his court proceedings,” Payne mentioned.
Turnell was in the midst of a telephone interview with the BBC when he was detained after the coup.
“I’ve just been detained at the moment, and perhaps charged with something, I don’t know what that would be, could be anything at all of course,” Turnell instructed the broadcaster on the time.
“Everyone’s been very polite and all that, but obviously I’m not free to move or anything like that.”
Last month, a coalition of NGOs, together with Human Rights Watch and the Refugee Council of Australia, referred to as on the Australian authorities to impose focused sanctions on Myanmar’s navy leaders.