Sanctions against Myanmar’s air force and ‘arms traffickers’ have been imposed by the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.2 min read
Myanmar has been sanctioned by the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Three accused Myanmar arms traffickers, as well as the corporations related to them, are the targets of US sanctions. The US also placed sanctions on the 66th Light Infantry Division, an army unit accused of burning to death 30 people in their automobiles in southern Kayah state on Christmas Eve last year.
The United Kingdom initiated action against arms dealers and corporations, focusing on those that source and sell weapons to the air force, which has bombed civilian settlements, displacing tens of thousands of people. The UK will always defend the right to freedom, democracy, and the rule of law, working with like-minded countries to hold this oppressive, ruthless dictatorship accountable.”
In a statement, UK Minister for Asia Amanda Milling stated, “The Myanmar military has showed no indications of halting its ruthless campaign of violence against the people of Myanmar, who continue in their quest for democracy.” The generals have undertaken a ruthless assault against people opposed to their authority, targeting both peaceful demonstrators and civilians, since taking control from Myanmar’s democratic government on February 1, 2021, and arresting civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
“Stopping Burmese military airstrikes is the most urgent need, and it is extremely encouraging to see the British government begin the process of targeting air force supplies,” Mark Farmaner, director of Burma Campaign UK, said in a statement. “Sanctioning the military and its allies is the proper plan for the US, UK, and Canada, but the sanctions are coming too slowly.”