Myanmar faces additional sanctions from EU and UK following military coup – JURIST – News
The European Commission and the United Kingdom on Monday imposed sanctions on members of the Burmese Armed Forces (Tatmadaw) and companies linked to the Burmese army following the coup that has devastated the country since early February.
The EU has sanctioned eight people, three economic entities and the Veterans’ Organization. These people include the Attorney General, ministers and deputy ministers. The EU said it was “responsible for undermining democracy and the rule of law and for serious human rights violations in the country”. The entities are either under the control of the Tatmadaw or owned by the state. Sanctions freeze the assets of the individual or company, ban travel to EU countries and prevent others from financing them.
EU sanctions imposed on Myanmar’s coup total 43 people and six entities after Monday’s round of sanctions.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced the sanctions imposed by the UK in addition to those from the EU. Three entities have been sanctioned under the Myanmar (Sanctions) Regulations 2021. First, the State Administrative Council, the governing body of the Tatmadaw, which Raab says “continues to undermine democracy and brutally suppress civilians from Myanmar ”.
Second, the Myanmar Timber Enterprise and Myanmar Pearl Enterprise, two public entities. These sanctions target the economy of the military junta while aiming to avoid undue harm to civilians in the country. Raab said the pearl and the wood “generate millions in income for the military regime.” The sanctions, which impose an asset freeze, undermine the Tatmadaw’s ability to profit from these resources.
Alongside our allies, we are sanctioning companies linked to the Burmese military junta, targeting the finances of this illegitimate regime. The military continued its subversion of democracy and the brutal killing of civilians. We will continue to hold the junta to account and punish those responsible, until democracy is restored
It is unclear when Myanmar’s coup will end and when the country will transition to a democratic system. The EU, UK and US have sanctioned key players in an attempt to deprive the Tatmadaw of the right to vote. The deposed rulers have formed a parallel government of national unity which they are trying to have recognized as legitimate. Meanwhile, civilians live in the midst of a war. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has urged that the violence cease immediately and that the Tatmadaw be held to account.