Aung Min Oo, the Nobel Peace laureate who has been leading a campaign against the Myanmar military and government for months, has launched a political party that seeks to restore democracy in the country, the AP reported.
The “Indonesian Democracy Party” was launched Friday in Jakarta, a city that hosts the United Nations and is home to more than 1 million Muslims, including the largest Muslim community in the world.
The group aims to build the political base for a “political system that represents the majority of Indonesia’s citizens” to win the country back from the military, the Jakarta Post said.
The AP quoted the party as saying it would not be able to win elections “unless it wins the support of all political parties.”
The Jakarta Post also reported that Aung’s brother, Anawak, has also announced his intention to run for parliament.
The election will be held on December 10.
Anawkaw was appointed by Anadolu Agency to head the party.
The Indonesian military has been accused of human rights abuses, including mass killings of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, and has killed more than 5,000 people in a crackdown on the minority group.
Aung was arrested in August on charges of “inciting ethnic hatred” after calling on the military to hold peaceful protests.
The military has denied these allegations, saying she is a terrorist sympathizer.
An Awakaw told reporters he hopes to “give a voice to the oppressed,” the AP quoted him as saying.
He said the party would have a “very strong and united voice” in the upcoming election.
A spokesperson for Anawabakaw did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Aung family is one of the most powerful in Southeast Asia.
The Myanmar military is currently seeking to hold elections to try to wrest control of the country from the United States-backed government of Aung Sang Kyaw.
The country has been in turmoil since a military coup in 2014 overthrew Aung by military force.
The U.N. human rights office said on Friday that more than 60,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed in the conflict, and more than 2.5 million Rohingya refugees have fled to neighboring Bangladesh.
The Rohingya, an ethnic minority in Myanmar who are largely Muslim but practice a Buddhist religion, are considered stateless.
The United States, which has a long-standing military relationship with Myanmar, has warned it would step up pressure on the country if it failed to grant Rohingya rights.
AUN’s Suu Kum Wai, a researcher at the Asian University of Singapore, said that Aun had made the party’s announcement, “the culmination of months of campaigning” that had been underway for months.
The government in Aung Suu is “actively seeking to suppress the party, but the pressure has also been on the political parties themselves to make their political platforms more democratic,” she told The Associated Press.