WORLD US imposes sanctions against Myanmar's military leaders, entities

WORLD

US imposes sanctions against Myanmar's military leaders, entities

Xinhua

11:10, February 12, 2021

The United States on Thursday announced a series of sanctions against multiple Myanmar's military leaders and entities.

The Department of the Treasury said in a statement that it designated 10 current and former military officials and blacklisted three entities related to military or security forces of Myanmar.

According to a fact sheet issued by the White House, the Department of Commerce also limited exports of sensitive goods to Myanmar's military and other entities.

In addition, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) would redirect 42.4 million U.S. dollars of assistance from programs that benefit the Myanmar government to programs that support and strengthen civil society and the private sector.

U.S. President Joe Biden said Wednesday that his administration was taking steps to prevent Myanmar's generals from having access to 1 billion U.S. dollars of government funds held in the United States.

He also called on the Myanmar military to immediately release detainees, including President U Win Myint and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.

A one-year state of emergency was declared in Myanmar after U Win Myint and Aung San Suu Kyi were detained by the military on Feb. 1.

The military had demanded the postponement of new parliamentary sessions, alleging massive voting fraud in the November 2020 general elections, which saw the National League for Democracy win a majority of seats in both houses of parliament. Myanmar's Union Election Commission dismissed the allegation.

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