British and Canadian sanctions against Myanmar’s generals

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced that three generals are not welcome in the UK and that their assets have been frozen. It is concerned with the Minister of Defense, the Minister and the Deputy Minister of the Interior. Sixteen other soldiers were already on the British sanctions list. “We are clear that we will act to hold accountable those who violate human rights,” Raab said. “We stand behind the people of Myanmar.”

Canada announced sanctions against nine military personnel, in agreement with the United Kingdom. The European Union is preparing for criminal measures. The United States has already imposed sanctions on a series of senior soldiers over the February 1 coup. President Joe Biden, like many other countries, is demanding that the military immediately return power to the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. They and other leaders and activists should be released.

In Myanmar, mass demonstrations were held again in several cities on Thursday. The security forces again cracked down on the demonstrators. According to London, all kinds of rights and freedoms are violated. The foreign ministers of the United States, India, Japan and Australia called on the junta on Thursday to resume its path towards democracy.

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