The US is imposing new sanctions on the junta in Myanmar

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Protesters carry flags as they protest the military coup in Dawei, Myanmar, on April 27, 2021. Courtesy of Dawei Watch / via REUTERS

By Daphne Psaledakis and Simon Lewis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Monday imposed new sanctions on Myanmar’s junta, targeting the ruling State Administrative Council (SAC) and no later than 13 officials in a series of punitive measures following a military coup.

The Southeast Asian country, also known as Burma, has been in crisis since the military took power from Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government on February 1, with almost daily protests and a junta crackdown that killed hundreds of people were.

The US Treasury Department accused the SAC, established the day after the coup, of being created by the Myanmar military to aid in the “unlawful overthrow of the democratically elected civilian government.”

Those blacklisted on Monday included four members of the SAC, as well as nine other officials whom the Treasury Department said were key members of the military government in Myanmar, including the governor of the country’s central bank, the minister for international cooperation and the chairman of the military – appointed electoral body, the Union Electoral Commission.

The move appeared to be the first time Washington had targeted civil servants who work with the junta, even though some of them are retired military officers.

The Treasury Department also reportedly sanctions three adult children of US military officials blacklisted in Myanmar.

“The Burmese military continues to violate human rights and suppress the people of Burma. Today’s action shows the United States’ commitment to work with our international partners to pressurize the Burmese military and hold those responsible for the coup and the ongoing one Promote violence, “Andrea Gacki, director of the Ministry of Finance’s Foreign Wealth Control Office, said in the statement.

Washington’s move freezes all blacklisted US assets and generally prevents Americans from dealing with them.

Western nations have condemned the junta and imposed limited sanctions since it took power for fraud in an election won by Suu Kyi’s party in November. Their allegations of irregularities were rejected by the electoral commission.

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