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Myanmar: Military Coups

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 149202, tabled on 4 February 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans he has to seize the assets of senior Myanmar military individuals held in the UK following the military coup in that country.

Answered on

9 February 2021

The UK condemns the coup and the state of emergency imposed by the Myanmar military on 1 February, and the arbitrary detention of civil society representatives and democratically elected politicians, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint.

We are currently working closely with international partners to ensure a coordinated and impactful response. The UK will consider all the tools at its disposal. Before the coup, the UK had already imposed targeted sanctions on 16 individuals responsible for human rights violations in Myanmar. We played a leading role in securing sanctions on 14 individuals whilst we were in the EU. These have all been transitioned into UK law. In July 2020, we sanctioned the Commander-in-Chief and his Deputy, in our first tranche of sanctions under the Global Human Rights Sanctions regime. We have now sanctioned all six individuals named in the UN Fact Finding Mission Report.

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