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UK sanctions three Myanmar generals over coup

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Sanctions will be imposed on a trio of regime figures.

LONDON — The U.K. will impose sanctions on three Myanmar military generals for human rights violations during the recent coup, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced Thursday.

The three individuals, all ministers in Myanmar’s military junta, have been handed travel bans alongside immediate asset freezes, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) said. The action has been taken in tandem with Canada, which will also impose sanctions.

Raab said the U.K. condemned the military coup as well as the “arbitrary detention” of Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s democratically elected leader, and her allies.

“We, alongside our international allies, will hold the Myanmar military to account for their violations of human rights and pursue justice for the Myanmar people,” Raab said.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken welcomed the move, urging the international community to “send a unified message to promote accountability” and calling on the military in Myanmar to restore the democratically elected government. The U.S. sanctioned 10 individuals connected to the coup earlier this month.

The U.K.’s sanctions will be imposed on the military regime’s minister of defense, Mya Tun Oo, for serious human rights violations committed by the armed forces. Its minister for home affairs, Soe Htut, alongside his deputy Than Hlaing will be sanctioned for violations committed by the police. The FCDO said rights violated included the right to life; the right to freedom of assembly; the right not to be subject to arbitrary arrest or detention; and the right to freedom of expression.  

A U.K. government review of aid to Myanmar — announced immediately after the military takeover on February 1 — has also concluded, the FCDO said, and British support for government-led reform programs will cease.

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The U.K. had already imposed targeted sanctions on 16 individuals deemed responsible for human rights violations in Myanmar, prior to the military coup, including the commander in chief of the Myanmar Armed Forces, Min Aung Hlaing, who was sanctioned in July for his role in military operations in Rakhine state and human rights violations against the Rohingya population there.

Raab has put the use of so-called Magnitsky sanctions against human rights abusers at the center of his post-Brexit foreign policy agenda. Previously, the U.K. operated within the EU’s sanctions policy, but Raab has sought to make the most of the country’s powers to unilaterally impose designations on human rights abusers, and also tried to act in concert with like-minded allies — like Canada — outside of the EU.

Source: POLITICO https://www.politico.eu/article/uk-sanctions-myanmar-military-coup-generals-regime-aung-san-suu-kyi/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

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