United States sanctions Burma coup leader and nine other officers

The United States sanctioned this Thursday the commander of the Burma Army (Myanmar), General Min Aung Hlaing, who led the military uprising and the deposition of the elected Government of Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as nine other officers and three companies linked to the Armed Forces of that country.

“The coup on February 1 was a direct attack on Burma’s transition to democracy and the rule of law,” US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a statement.

According to the Treasury, Hlaing had already been denounced by the US government in December 2019 for his role as leader of the armed forces, which “participated or whose members have been involved in serious human rights abuses under his command.”

Sanctions have also fallen on the deputy commander in chief of the Burmese military forces, Soe Win, who was also singled out by Washington in December 2019; Retired First Vice President and Lieutenant General Myint Swe; and Lieutenant Generals Sein Win, Soe Htut, and Ye Aung.

Others sanctioned are the Defense Minister of the military junta, General Mya Tun Oo; the head of Transport and Communications, Admiral Tin Aung San; Lieutenant General Ye Win Oo, Deputy Secretary of the State Administrative Council; and Lieutenant General Aung Lin Dwe, secretary of said council.

The companies penalized by the US are Ruby Enterprise, Myanmar Imperial Jade Co. LTD and Cancri (Gems and Jewelry) Co LTD for their links with the Burmese Armed Forces.

Yellen also warned that Washington can take additional measures: “If there is more violence against peaceful protesters, the Burmese Army will realize that today’s sanctions are only the first.”

On February 1, Burma’s military overthrew the democratic government, detained civilian leaders, blocked internet access, and suspended flights. The army had already ruled Burma between 1962 and 2011, when a controlled transition to democracy began, and in 2015 it came to power from the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Suu Kyi.

For his part, the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has reiterated in a statement that for the North American country in Burma “there was a coup” and has stressed that they will not stand “idly.”

Source: ElDiario.es – ElDiario.es by www.eldiario.es.

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