EU set to sanction Myanmar military officials for coup

EU set to sanction Myanmar military officials for coup
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for a 'firm, unified international response' to the continuing violence across Myanmar. Source: AFP
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Daily US Times: EU foreign ministers are set to approve on Monday sanctions against 11 Myanmar military officials for the coup, European diplomats has confirmed, as on Saturday a UN official urged the international community to cut the coup leaders’ access to weapons and money.

The move comes after the European Union last month agreed to target Myanmar military and its economic interests in response to the coup, which ousted civilian government.

One diplomat said the 11 individuals, who are Myanmar military officials and police officers, to be placed on an EU visa ban and assets freeze blacklist by ministers meeting in Brussels.

The initial action of measures is not expected to target businesses tied to the military, but diplomats said some would likely be sanctioned in the coming weeks.

Tom Andrews, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, called on world leaders on Saturday to immediately respond to the continuing violence committed by security forces in Myanmar “by cutting their access to money and weapons”.

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres also reiterated his condemnation of the situation in the South Asian country, denouncing the military’s continuing brutal violence.

A “firm, unified international response” was urgently needed, The UN secretary-general said quoted by his spokesman.

The military government of Mynamar has not yet commented about but has previously said security forces have used force only when necessary.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s government on February 1, triggering a mass uprising that security forces have sought to crush with a campaign of violence and fear.

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