More than two weeks after the military coup in Burma, London on Thursday announced that it would allow three Burmese junta commanders to commit “grave human rights violations.” The UK is also taking steps to prevent UK companies from collaborating with the military in the Southeast Asian country.
New international sanctions after the coup in Burma. Many commanders of the Burmese regime are being targeted by sanctions announced by the United Kingdom on Thursday, January 18, which is linked to Canada. It’s about Defense Minister Mia Tun O, Interior Minister Cho Hood and his deputy, Heinling.
All three generals find their assets frozen in the United Kingdom and are barred from staying in British territory, the British Foreign Office said in a statement.
These measures bring the total number of Burmese personalities allowed by London to 19.
The Burmese army was ousted on November 1, arguing fraud in the legislative elections won by Aung San Suu Kyi, the real leader of the civilian government in November.There is In February, protests erupted during the coup d’tat.
Prevent British aid from “supporting” the military junta
“Along with our allies, we are responsible for the military’s human rights abuses and for justice for the Burmese people,” said British Foreign Secretary Dominic Robb.
The British Foreign Office and the Department of International Trade have also begun a process to “reduce the risk of (Burmese) military entities operating in the UK” and want to “avoid the illicit money associated with it”.
London also promised that British aid to Burma would provide “extra security” to “implicitly support the military-led government.”
While welcoming “one step forward”, the Burmese propaganda UK Association expressed “disappointment” over the sanctions taken by London, arguing that it was “nothing more than a holiday ban” because “these military leaders have no assets to freeze in the UK.”
The “Quad” says democracy needs an “urgent” return
The United States called on the United States, India, Japan and Australia on Thursday to make an “urgent” return to democracy in Burma, the US State Department said after talks between the four countries.
The head of US diplomacy, Anthony Blinken, during his first talks with this coalition, known as the “Quad”, an informal strategic group launched in 2007, spoke of the “urgent need to restore a democratically elected government in Burma. He emphasized the need to prioritize “strengthening the democratic backlash in the region on a large scale.”
Japan, for its part, urged its foreign minister, Toshimitsu Modeki, to “immediately stop the violent response to the civilian response” by the Burmese military to protest against the plot and release Aung San Suu Kyi.
India, which has distanced itself from Western efforts to impose new sanctions on Burma, is very cautious in its statement on the Quad talks, saying its foreign minister, Subramaniam Jaisankar, “respects the rule of law and democratic change”.