EU expands sanctions on Burmese army and businesses

Bangkok — European Union Expands Sanctions on Burmese Military Leaders and Military-Controlled Enterprises Prior to Regional Meetings to Discuss Exacerbating Crisis After Dismissing Elected Governments Did.

The latest sanctions of the Council of the European Union cover 10 individuals and two military management companies that are subject to sanctions by the United States, the United Kingdom, and other governments.

It is unclear whether such movements have any effect as the military escalate its efforts to crush opposition to seizure of power. Burma’s economy is already at stake and is exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic and the massive civil disobedience movement that followed the February 1 coup.

The EU said the number of sanctioned individuals had been increased to 35, weakening democracy and the rule of law, making oppressive decisions and causing serious human rights abuses.

Two companies under military control, Myanmar Economic Holdings Public Company Ltd. (MEHL) and Myanmar Economic Corp. (MEC), hold vast shares in many industries and help fund the military. I am.

All assets are subject to asset freezes, travel bans, and other measures. EU citizens and businesses are prohibited from doing business or funding without special permission.

“Today’s decision is a manifestation of the EU’s unity and determination to condemn the junta’s brutal actions and aims to change the junta’s leadership,” the EU said in a statement. ..

“Today’s decision also sends a clear message to military leadership. Continuing the current path will only bring more pain and will never give legitimacy,” he said.

Anti-coup protesters
On March 27, 2021, protesters against the coup threw smoke bombs at police during a crackdown in Thaketa Township, Yangon, Burma. (AP photo)

Security forces have killed at least 738 protesters and bystanders since the coup, according to the Political Prisoners Support Association, which monitors casualties and arrests. It says more than 3,200 people are still in custody between the country’s exiled civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint.

The EU had already embargoed the sale of weapons and equipment that could be used for internal suppression to Burma. Export ban on dual-use merchandise for use by military and border guard police. Export restrictions on equipment for monitoring communications that may be used for internal suppression. Prohibition of military training for the military and military cooperation with the military.

Last week, the US S & P 500 went to India’s Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd because of a suspected deal with Burmese authorities. Announced that it will be removed from the Sustainability Index. Adani did not respond to a request for comment on the move.

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the UN Security Council to take immediate action to stop violence and protect civilians on Monday. So far, the council has not taken such action. It will probably be thwarted by China and Russia.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which will hold a summit meeting in Burma this month, has rejected the idea of ​​imposing sanctions on military junta, maintaining its policy of “not interfering” with each other’s political issues.

Van urged ASEAN to send a high-level delegation to Burma. He said he tried to make a diplomatic visit himself and failed.

By Elaine Kurtenbach