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US, Britain, Canada issue new Myanmar sanctions one year after coup: US Treasury

WASHINGTON: The United States, Britain and Canada on Monday (Jan 31) imposed sanctions towards officers in Myanmar, in measures timed to mark one year since the military seized power and plunged the nation into chaos.

A joint motion by the three nations, who’ve all already imposed sanctions on Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing and different members of the army authorities, focused judicial officers concerned in prosecutions towards deposed Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Washington additionally slapped sanctions on a directorate chargeable for shopping for weapons for the junta from abroad, an alleged arms supplier and an organization it stated supplies monetary help to the junta.

The army have detained Aung San Suu Kyi and members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) social gathering for the reason that Feb 1, 2021, coup. The army complained of fraud in a November 2020 election that the NLD gained by a landslide. Monitors stated the vote mirrored the need of the nation’s individuals.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated the coordinated motion demonstrated worldwide help for Myanmar’s individuals and would “further promote accountability for the coup and the violence perpetrated by the regime”, citing almost 1,500 individuals killed and 10,000 detained by a army looking for to consolidate management.

JUDICIAL OFFICIALS TARGETED

The Treasury stated it added a complete of seven people and two entities to its sanctions record on Monday. They included the junta’s legal professional normal, Thida Oo, whose workplace it stated had crafted politically motivated expenses towards Aung San Suu Kyi.

Aung San Suu Kyi is on trial in additional than a dozen instances and has thus far been sentenced to a mixed six years in detention. She denies all expenses.

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