The European Union (EU) on Monday (April 19) announced sanctions on 10 Myanmar military officials and two groups linked to the military for causing coup and repression. bloody targets at protesters in their country, according to AFP.
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The property freeze or entry ban order for Myanmar individuals and entities is the latest measure that the EU has implemented for the coup in this Southeast Asian country.
Earlier, last month, the EU sanctioned 11 Myanmar officials, including Governor General Min Aung Hlaing.
Individuals “Are all responsible for the undermining of democracy and the rule of law in Myanmar, as well as decisions to suppress and violate human rights seriously”, Member countries said after the video meeting of EU foreign ministers.
Two sanctioned military-related corporations, Myanmar Economic Holdings Public Company Limited (MEHL) and Myanmar Economic Corporation Limited (MEC), are the “Owned and controlled by the Myanmar Armed Forces (Tatmadaw) and provides its revenue”, the statement said.
“The military’s increasing brutality has had tangible consequences”EU foreign policy head Josep Borrell tweeted after presiding over a meeting of EU ministers.
EU diplomats said the targeted officials were mainly members of the State Administrative Council, which was created by the Myanmar military to run the country after the coup.
With this latest addition, a total of 35 individuals in Myanmar were placed on the bloc’s sanctions list.
The statement said the EU countries were unanimous “Condemn the atrocities of the military government”.
The message says if Myanmar’s rulers “Continuing on the current path will only bring more suffering and will never bring about any legitimacy”.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said after online talks with his EU counterparts that the military authorities were “Bringing the country to a dead end”.
“That is why we are increasing the pressure to put the military on the negotiating table.”
The US and UK have imposed separate sanctions on the MEC and MEHL, which dominate sectors including trade, alcohol, tobacco and consumer goods. Washington also sanctioned Myanmar’s state-owned gemstone company.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military took power from civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, triggering numerous protests and strikes that the military authorities have sought to quell by using use force of damage.
Up to now, at least 737 civilians have been killed, while the military increasingly aims to punish domestic and foreign reporters.
Le Xuan (from CNA)