The United Kingdom imposed sanctions on three Myanmar generals for violating human rights in the wake of the country’s military coup this month.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “The United Kingdom condemns the military coup and the arbitrary arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political figures.
“We and our international allies will hold the Myanmar armed forces responsible for their human rights violations and seek justice for the people of Myanmar,” he added.
The military hired and arrested the country’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi after her party’s landslide victory in the November elections.
The United Kingdom says it will impose sanctions on Defense Minister General Mia Ton O, Minister of Home Affairs Lieutenant General Sui Hot and Deputy Home Minister Lieutenant General Tan Hling
This means that an immediate asset freeze and travel ban will be imposed on them, as well as additional safeguards to prevent British aid from indirectly supporting the military-led government.
Instead, the UK government will put in place measures to ensure aid reaches the poorest and most vulnerable in Myanmar only.
“The army and police in Myanmar committed gross violations of human rights, including violations of the right to life, the right to freedom of assembly, the right not to be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention, and the right to freedom of expression.” She said.
The United Kingdom has already imposed sanctions on 16 Myanmar military.
The measure was taken on Thursday by the United Kingdom in parallel with Canada, which has also announced measures against the system.
The announcements came as protesters returned to the streets of Myanmar on Thursday after a night of armed intimidation by security forces in Mandalay, the country’s second largest city.