EU expands sanctions on Myanmar

The adopted sanctions specifically target the economic interests of the Myanmar military regime, the EU Council noted.

The European Union has imposed sanctions on 10 Myanmar citizens and two military-controlled companies. This is stated in the decision of the EU Council, adopted by written procedure on Monday, April 19.

“The sanctions specifically target the economic interests of the Myanmar military regime responsible for overthrowing the democratically elected government. The sanctions are designed to avoid undue harm to the people of Myanmar,” the statement said.

Individuals targeted by sanctions are responsible for undermining democracy and the rule of law in Myanmar, as well as for repression and serious human rights violations. Both Myanmar Economic Holdings Public Company Limited and Myanmar Economic Corporation Limited (MEC) are large conglomerates that operate in many sectors of Myanmar’s economy. They are controlled by the military and provide them with income.

The sanctions now apply to a total of 35 individuals and two companies from Myanmar and include travel bans and asset freezes. EU citizens and companies are prohibited from providing funds to these individuals and organizations.

The restrictive measures previously imposed by the EU also remain in force. These include an embargo on weapons and equipment that can be used for internal repression, a ban on the export of dual-use goods for the military and border police, export restrictions on telecommunications monitoring equipment that can be used for internal repression, a ban on military training and military cooperation with the Myanmar armed forces.

The EU’s restrictive measures complement the denial of financial aid directly to the Myanmar government and the freezing of all aid to government agencies, which could be seen as legitimizing the junta.

The European Commission recently allocated an additional 9 million euros in emergency humanitarian aid to Myanmar. Since 1994, the EU has provided 287 million euros in humanitarian aid to this country, including 20.5 million euros for 2021. The EU works through trusted and independent humanitarian partners to help the most vulnerable populations, especially in Rakhine, Chin, Kachin, and Shan states.

As you know, since February 1, 715 people have been killed in protests in Myanmar. The UN is concerned that the confrontation in the country could escalate into a civil war.

It was also reported that a “garbage riot” had begun in Myanmar. One night, the protesters launched a new campaign of civil disobedience, calling on residents to throw garbage in the street.

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