New Myanmar Sanctions Imposed as Anti-Coup Activists Plan Action


The United States and its allies have imposed further sanctions on Myanmar’s military rulers amid deepening conflict two years since the military seized power in a coup.

Officials from the military’s lucrative energy firm Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise as well as its Mining Enterprise 1 and 2 were among those targeted, and so too was the air force. Reflecting the growing concern about the devastation caused by the air raids — 11 children were killed when a school in the Sagaing region was hit by a bomb last September — Canada and the United Kingdom imposed new measures on the supply and sale of aviation fuel.

“This suspension must continue until effective mechanisms are put in place to ensure that aviation fuel will not be used to carry out air strikes that amount to serious violations of international human rights law or international humanitarian law,” said Montse Ferre, Amnesty International’s business and human rights researcher.

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