May 30, 2024

Imposing Sanctions on Burma’s Military Regime Three Years After the Military Coup

Imposing Sanctions on Burma’s Military Regime Three Years After the Military Coup

The United States is today designating four individuals and two entities linked to Burma’s military regime.  We are taking this action to target the regime’s sources of revenue which support military activities against civilians.  The action also targets those who provide material and support for the production of arms in Burma.

Since the military coup d’etat on February 1, 2021, the military regime has continued to carry out a campaign of violence and repression against the people of Burma.  The military has conducted airstrikes that have killed hundreds of civilians.  Regime forces have burned tens of thousands of homes across the country and displaced almost 2.6 million people.  There is pervasive discrimination against members of religious and ethnic groups, leaving vulnerable groups, including Rohingya, facing horrific conditions.  Many political figures remain unjustly imprisoned by the regime, with some facing life in jail or execution.  As a result of the regime’s actions, people across the country lack access to physical security, medical care, and education.

We reiterate our call for the military to change course and create space for meaningful and inclusive dialogue toward a future democratic Burma.  We also call on the international community to increase support for the broad range of political, ethnic, and religious stakeholders seeking a credible and inclusive democratic process to elect a representative government in Burma 

The actions mentioned above by the U.S. Department of the Treasury were taken pursuant to Executive Order 14014 “Blocking Property With Respect to the Situation in Burma”.  For more information on today’s action, see the Department of Treasury’s press release.

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