EU Backs Myanmar Arms Embargo in Response to Junta Atrocities

The European Union has called for an international arms embargo against Myanmar following a massacre that left 35 people dead including humanitarian workers.

On Christmas eve, junta forces killed 35 people, including two Save the Children workers, and set fire to their remains in Kayah state. 

According to the Myanmar state media outlet Mirror Daily, the massacre victims in Kayah were alleged rebel group members who had opened fire on soldiers.

“The targeting of civilians and humanitarian actors is unacceptable and a blatant violation of human rights and international law, including humanitarian law.  In view of the escalating violence in Myanmar, increased international preventive action is required, including an arms embargo,” said EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.

According to Borrell, the EU supports the efforts of the United Nations Special Envoy on Myanmar, as well as the ASEAN Five Point Consensus, in order to find a peaceful resolution to the ongoing coup in Myanmar. 

The EU has already imposed targeted sanctions on the Myanmar military, its leaders, and entities since the coup began but said that it continues to provide humanitarian assistance.

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