The UK Announces More Sanctions Against Myanmar Military

In announcing new Myanmar sanctions, the United Kingdom said it was targeting a key business associate of the military government for providing arms and financial support following a coup earlier this year.
It added that the tycoon was involved in arms deals for the military on behalf of the conglomerate Htoo Group of Companies and its founder Tay Za.
Htoo also provided funds to Rohingya clearance operations in 2017.
Following the February coup, the UK imposed sanctions on individuals and entities in Myanmar.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the military junta has shown no signs of halting its brutal attacks against Myanmar’s people.
Our country, along with our partners, will continue to deprive the junta of funding and arms used to kill innocents, including children, and target those who support their actions.”
Htoo Group and Tay Za’s British assets will be frozen, and the tycoon will be prohibited from entering the country.
According to the UK, Tay Za is linked to the military “through extensive links with the former and current junta regimes”.
According to the charges, he supported “serious human rights violations by assisting the military in procuring arms”.
Myanmar Gems Enterprise, Myanmar Economic Corporation, and Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd. have already been sanctioned by the UK.
Aung Naing Oo, Myint Kyaing, Thet Thet Khine, and other members of Myanmar’s State Administrative Council and their family members – who are linked to the military coup – were also sanctioned in July.
Approximately 1,045 people have died as a result of the February military takeover, according to the rights group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, and more than 6,000 are currently detained for opposing the military rulers.
Across the country, protests continue calling for the restoration of democracy. In Sagaing, hundreds of people staged a night strike on Thursday, while monks in Mandalay demanded an end to military repression immediately.

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