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Myanmar: Sanctions

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL13549, tabled on 22 February 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to imposing targeted sanctions against those responsible for the military coup in Myanmar.

Answered on

8 March 2021

The UK is looking at a range of measures to ensure the democratic wishes of the people of Myanmar are respected. On 25 February, we announced sanctions against six members of the military responsible for their role in serious human rights violations during the coup. This is in addition to the action taken with Canada on 18 February to impose asset freezes and travel bans against three members of the Myanmar military regime. Prior to this, the UK had already imposed targeted sanctions on 16 individuals responsible for human rights violations in Myanmar. This includes the Commander-in-Chief and his Deputy.

The military's influence is pervasive across Myanmar's economy and we have long been clear that Myanmar needs responsible investors. Her Majesty's Government works closely with UK businesses to ensure that they conduct thorough due diligence to try and avoid exposure to military businesses. We will continue to work closely with international partners on next steps, this includes exploring further sanctions.