US & EU sanctions on #Myanmar after junta unleashed deadly violence against protesters opposing coup. @hrw & many other NGOs urge UN Security Council to follow suit, impose arms embargo & targeted sanctions on top military leaders.
Junta deadly force to crush activists who have risen up against the military’s ousting of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1.
In a bid to pile international pressure on the regime, the European Union on Monday placed Myanmar junta chief Min Aung Hlaing on an assets freeze and visa ban blacklist.
Min Aung Hlaing is “responsible for undermining democracy and the rule of law in Myanmar”, its official journal said.
The EU hit nine other senior military officers and the head of Myanmar’s election commission with travel bans and asset freezes, in the 27-nation grouping’s most extensive response yet to the February 1 coup.
Washington, the Treasury Department sanctioned Myanmar’s police chief and an army special operations commander, saying they were responsible for using lethal force against demonstrators.
Myanmar’s top junta leaders are already under US sanctions.
More than 2,600 people have been arrested and 250 killed since the coup, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), a local monitoring group that has warned fatalities could be even higher.
Two reporters detained as press crackdown intensifies in Myanmar