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EU sanctions likely against Myanmar

Md Enamul Hassan     20 February, 2018 12:00 AM printer

EU sanctions likely
against Myanmar

The European Union may impose sanctions on Myanmar military authority for their atrocities against Rohingya people, diplomatic sources said.

The EU may come up with an announcement in this connection during its upcoming foreign ministerial meeting slated to be held on February 26.

Prior to the EU, the United States and Canada imposed targeted sanctions on high-ranking members of the Myanmar military.

A high-level foreign ministry official said, “As far as we know, the EU is considering the possibility of targeted sanctions against the Myanmar military officials involved in atrocities against the Rohingya people.”

The EU parliamentary delegation that visited Bangladesh last week said they will pass a resolution in the European Parliament on Rohingya crisis, the official said.

Apart from that, the EU may first consider arms embargo besides targeted sanctions against some generals of Myanmar army, the official continued.

The European countries are likely to review their trade relations with Myanmar and it will be a major blow to Myanmar authority, said another diplomatic source.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam recently said the EU parliamentary delegation has said they will pass a resolution over  Rohingya crisis.

The EU parliament will adopt the resolution to take tougher actions against the Myanmar government to ensure rights of the Rohingya people, he continued.

In a Twitter post, Lotte Leicht‏, the European Union advocacy director, on Friday said Canada has imposed targeted sanctions on the Myanmar army chief.

The move has come as Canada will not stand by silently as crimes against humanity are committed against the Rohingyas, she continued. 

“The EU should do the same when the foreign ministers meet on February  26,” she opined.

Canada on Friday imposed sanctions on Maj Gen Maung Maung Soe, a high-ranking member of the Myanmar military, under Canada’s new foreign human rights legislation.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Soe is being targeted for sanctions under the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act due to his role in the brutal security crackdown against the Rohingyas in Rakhine State.

A statement from the Canadian foreign ministry mentioned that Soe  is, in Canada’s governor-in-council’s opinion, responsible for, or complicit in, gross violations of internationally recognised human rights committed against individuals in Myanmar, who sought to exercise and defend their human rights and freedoms.

The sanction imposes a dealings prohibition, which effectively freezes the individual’s assets in Canada and renders him inadmissible to Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Prior to Canada, the United States imposed sanctions on 52 people and entities for alleged human rights violations and corruption, including Myanmar general Maung Maung Soe, who oversaw a brutal crackdown against the Rohingyas.

The US sanction imposed on December 21 last year freezes any assets the sanctioned individuals and entities may hold under US jurisdiction and blocks Americans from dealing with them, which has the practical effect of largely cutting them off from the global financial system.

According to diplomatic sources, the EU wants the Rohingya people to return to their homes in Myanmar with human dignity and rights.

The EU will continue its endeavour for ensuring the secured, safe and dignified repartition of the Rohingyas in future.