Myanmar’s top military officials, the newly appointed chief of staff and officials involved in the arms trade have been placed under new sanctions.
The three accused arms dealers as well as their affiliated organizations have also been banned. Among them are two companies of arms dealer Te Jao.
The Burmese military has carried out genocide against the Rohingya. The new sanctions come just days after Washington announced the new sanctions.
The United States has imposed sanctions on Major General Jay Hein and his 6th Infantry Division. The military unit is accused of burning to death about 30 civilians in their vehicles in the southeastern state of Kayah on Christmas Eve last year.
The United Kingdom has imposed sanctions on arms dealers and companies linked to the Burmese Air Force’s supply. The list also includes newly-appointed Air Chief General Hutun Aung. He is a director of the military firm Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited.
Canada has also announced sanctions against four people, including Air Force Chief Hutun Ansh. In addition, two companies have been banned.
Earlier, on March 21, the United States recognized the Myanmar army’s atrocities against the Rohingya as genocide. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken made the announcement at the Holocaust Museum in Washington. The then-Trump administration called the 2016 persecution of the Rohingya “genocide.” Anthony Blinken said the Myanmar army had carried out genocide against the Rohingya. More than a thousand Rohingyas have been interviewed. All of them have witnessed the brutality of the Burmese military. He said, ‘Genocide has been carried out on Rohingyas in 2016 and 2017. We have strong evidence in this regard. State Department experts have reported torture. Myanmar’s military has carried out killings, rapes, arson and repression.