US Imposes Sanctions On Burma After Coup Anniversary

Canada and the United Kingdom also sanction the Burmese authorities to “increase pressure on the military junta”.

The United States Department of the Treasury has announced the imposition of sanctions against six people and three companies linked to the Burmese authorities, two years after the anniversary of the coup in the Asian country.

“Today, one day before the second anniversary of the brutal military coup that deposed the democratically elected government of Burma, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has designated six individuals and three entities related to the Burma’s military regime,” read a statement.

These sanctions take place because of “the regime’s efforts to generate revenue and acquire weapons,” including the Ministry of Energy, the oil and gas company, and the Air Force.

The Under Secretary of The Treasury for Terrorism And Financial Intelligence

The Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Brian E. Nelson, has assured that “the United States will continue to promote the accountability of those who provide financial and material support and directly enable the violent repression of democracy in Burma.”

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has criticized that “since the military coup, the political, economic and humanitarian crisis in Burma has become more serious”, lamenting 3,000 deaths, almost 17,000 detainees and more than 1.5 million displaced .

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