Biden imposes fresh sanctions against Myanmar generals after coup
Published: 09:57 AM, 11 February 2021 Updated: 10:26 AM, 11 February 2021
United States President Joe Biden; Photo: Collected
The United States has imposed new sanctions against Myanmar generals after the military coup on February 1.
United States President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he had approved an executive order paving the way for fresh U.S. sanctions on Myanmar generals after the military detained elected leaders and seized power on Feb. 1.
The executive order would enable the US administration “to immediately sanction the military leaders who directed the coup, their business interests as well as close family members,” Biden said.
The President said, “We will identify a first round of targets this week, and we’re also going to impose strong export controls.”
“We’re freezing U.S. assets that benefit the Burmese government while maintaining our support for healthcare, civil society groups, and other areas that benefit the people of Burma directly.”
Myanmar’s military arrested civilian leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi, and announced a year-long state of emergency on February 1, citing allegations without evidence that the November election was “rigged and beset by fraud”. However, the country’s electoral commission dismissed the complaints.
Protesters took to the Myanmar streets for a fifth day on Wednesday, vowing to keep up demonstrations against the coup even after a woman was shot and critically wounded during clashes on Tuesday.
The United States is likely to target Min Aung Hlaing, Myanmar’s commander in chief, who led the coup. Min Aung Hlaing and other generals are already under U.S. sanctions imposed in 2019 over inhumane torture against Rohingya minorities.