UK and Canada to allow three Myanmar generals for “grave human rights violations” after coup

Myanmar citizens visit UN headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand Protesting against regime change in front of office (REUTERS / Soe Zeya Tun)

The United Kingdom and Canada will allow three Burmese generals to commit “grave human rights violations” after the military coup in Myanmar. In early February, the British Foreign Office announced in a statement on Thursday.

Sanctions are aimed at the Minister of Defense, Mia Tun O., home Minister, So Hood, And its link, Than Haling.

In this way, their assets are banned in the United Kingdom and they cannot travel to that country, according to a State Department statement that steps will be taken to prevent British companies from collaborating with the Burmese military.

In total, These actions affect 19 Burmese personalities.

On February 1, the Myanmar military overthrew the civilian government Aung San Suu Kyi, He accused of committing election fraud in the November elections, which led to a wave of protests.

“With our allies, we will keep the military in check for their human rights abuses and justice for the Burmese people.”The British Foreign Secretary said, Dominic Rob.

Dominic Robb, UK Secretary of State (REUTERS / Simon Dawson)
Dominic Robb, UK Secretary of State (REUTERS / Simon Dawson)

The British Foreign and International Trade Ministries have also begun a process to reduce the risk posed by military entities [birmanas] “Act in the United Kingdom”, to stop “illegal cash flows associated with them”.

Moreover, London promised that they would be launched “Additional guarantees” to prevent British aid to Myanmar from “indirectly supporting the military-led government”.

However, after the announcement, the Burma Campaign UK Association denounced the sanctions, despite the “progress” being made, as nothing more than a “holiday ban” because “those military leaders have no assets” in the UK.

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Amid international rejection of the coup, the United States last week imposed sanctions on Myanmar’s military leadership. The operation will include an army commander-in-chief E Ang Haling, Who led the uprising and the form of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Sanctions fell on the deputy commander of the Burmese army, Cho’s, Appointed by Washington in December 2019; Retired First Vice President and Lieutenant General Mind Swee; And lieutenants general Sean Win, So Hood O Ye Ang.

Gen. Min Aung Hlong, commander of the US-backed military, leads a military uprising in Myanmar (Zuma Press)
Gen. Min Aung Hlong, commander of the US-backed military, leads a military uprising in Myanmar (Zuma Press)

Others allowed are the Minister of Defense General of the Military Regiment Mia Tun O.; Holder of Transport and Communications, Admiral Tin Aung Cha |n; Lieutenant General Ye Vin O., Deputy Secretary of the State Executive Council; And Lieutenant General Ang Lin Dwaye, Secretary of the Council.

Companies fined by the US government include Ruby Enterprise, Myanmar Imperial Jade Co Ltd and Congre (James & Jewelery) Co Ltd for links to the Myanmar Armed Forces.

Janet Yellen, US Secretary of the Treasury, Joe Biden’s government has warned that it may take further action: “If there is more violence against peaceful protesters, the Burmese military will realize that today’s sanctions are paramount.”

On February 1, Myanmar’s military overthrew the democratic government, detained civilian leaders, blocked Internet access and halted flights.

The military had already ruled the country between 1962 and 2011, when a restrictive transition to democracy began, and in 2015 the National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Suu Kyi, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, came to power.

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With information from AFP

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