Myanmar protests in pictures: UK sanctions three military generals for human rights violations

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The United Kingdom has imposed sanctions on Myanmar’s military generals for human rights violations following a military coup and arrest of civilian leaders, including Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. The measures by the UK are being taken in tandem with Canada which is also today announcing action against the regime. Also Read: Myanmar protests in pictures: Aung San Suu Kyi slapped with new charge even as demonstrations intensify

The sanctions are to ensure that the aid from the UK is not diverted from the most vulnerable to the military government. According to the report, the UK will enforce immediate asset freezes and travel bans against three members of the Myanmar military regime for their role in serious human rights violations during the coup. Also Read: Myanmar protests: Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention extended by two days, police fire rubber bullets in Mandalay

The sanctions against three members of Myanmar military regime are in addition to the sanctions against 16 individuals from the Myanmar military already listed by the UK. Also Read: Myanmar protests in pictures: Junta introduces draconian law requiring mandatory overnight guest registration

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
  • Minister for Home Affairs, Lt General Soe Htut for his responsibility for serious human rights violations by the Myanmar Police Force
  • Deputy Minister for Home Affairs, Lt General Than Hlaing, for his responsibility for serious human rights violations by the Myanmar Police Force

The UK has led a strong, coordinated international response to support the Myanmar people and put pressure on the military. This includes; leading a statement by G7 Foreign Ministers on 3rd February; convening an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council and coordinating a statement from all members condemning the coup on 4th February; and co-leading a Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council on 12th February. Also Read: Myanmar protests: Night-time arrest of junta critics angers people as anti-coup rallies enter 8th straight day (Images/Videos)

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