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Sunday, March 7, 2021

United States Widens Myanmar Sanctions

The U.S. Treasury Department announced that it will sanction two more Myanmar military officials in response to the deaths of pro-democracy protesters.

The sanctions will penalize Lieutenant General Moe Myint Tun and General Maung Maung Kyaw who are members of the State Administrative Council (SAC), the Tatmadaw’s political arm. 

The Treasury Department also called on Myanmar’s military to reinstall the country’s democratically elected government or face more sanctions or actions. 

“Today’s designations are another step to promote accountability for military leaders who perpetrate violence and attempt to suppress the will of the people,” said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Following US sanctions, Josep Borrell, the EU high representative also announced that 27 member states have agreed to impose targeted sanctions.

Borrell added that the EU would also withdraw all direct financial support to government reform programs in Myanmar but will “continue to support civil society and to provide basic services.” 

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