Myanmar coup: UK sanctions three generals for human rights violations

The UK has imposed sanctions on three Myanmar generals for human rights violations in the country’s military coup.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “The UK condemns the military coup and the arbitrary detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political figures.

“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.”

The UK will impose sanctions on:

  • The Minister of Defence, General Mya Tun Oo for his responsibility for serious human rights violations by the military.
  • The Minister for Home Affairs, Lt Gen Soe Htut for his responsibility for serious human rights violations by the Myanmar Police Force.
  • The Deputy Minister for Home Affairs, Lt Gen Than Hlaing, for his responsibility for serious human rights violations by the Myanmar Police Force.

This means immediate assets freezes and travel bans will be enforced against them, as well as further protection, to prevent British aid from indirectly supporting the military-led government.

Instead, the government will put in place measures to ensure aid is reaching only the poorest and most vulnerable in Myanmar.

They said: “Myanmar’s military and police have committed serious human rights violations, including violating 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.”

Canada’s also imposed its own sanctions on military officials.

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