The European Union on Monday announced a new round of sanctions against Myanmar’s military officials, the third since seizing power in a coup in February.
Eight individuals, three economic entities and a war veterans’ organization were targeted in this round. EU statement.
“Individuals targeted by the sanctions include ministers and deputy ministers, as well as the attorney general, who are responsible for undermining democracy and the rule of law, and for serious human rights violations in the country,” the statement said.
“By targeting the gems and timber sectors, these measures are intended to limit Myanmar’s ability to profit from natural resources, while avoiding undue harm to the people of Myanmar.”
The United States also approved parts of the country’s gemstone industry in April.
The United Nations on Friday formally condemned the coup, with member states calling for an end to violence and respecting the will of the people expressed in November’s election.
While the resolution does not have the power to impose an international arms embargo, it called on “all member states to stop the flow of arms into Myanmar”, as violent military crackdowns on protesters continue.
Nearly 900 civilian protesters have been confirmed killed and 6,000 arrested since the military seized power on February 1, a move that defied the results of November’s elections that gave the National League for Democracy party enormous power. .