EU imposes more sanctions on Myanmar

BRUSSELS, The European Union (EU) announced Thursday further sanctions on Myanmar strengthening the EU’s arms embargo and targeting the Myanmar army and border guard police officials.

The EU in a statement said it extended the existing embargo on arms and equipment that can be used for internal repression for one year.

In addition, it prohibited the export of dual-use goods for use by the military and border guard police and imposed restrictions on the export of equipment for monitoring communications that might be used for internal repression.

The EU also prohibited the provision of military training to and military cooperation with the Myanmar army.

It also adopted a legal framework for targeted restrictive measures against certain persons from the Myanmar Armed Forces and the border guard police. It will make the EU possible to impose a travel ban and an asset freeze on individuals responsible for serious human rights violations, such as inciting violence against persons belonging to minorities in Rakhine and for obstructing the voluntary and safe return process of displaced persons from Rakhine State to their place of origin.

The EU will also impose sanctions on those persons obstructing the conduct of independent investigations into alleged serious human violations or abuses.

Source: Kuwait News Agency