March 27, 2021
The European Rohingya Council (ERC) welcomes the targeted sanctions imposed by United States and United Kingdom on 25 March 2021 on the two largest Myanmar military business conglomerates Myanmar Economic Holdings Public Ltd (MEHL) and Myanmar Economic Corporation Ltd (MEC), following February 1 military coup, followed by deadly and disproportionate crackdown on peaceful protesters.
For years, Myanmar Tatmadaw has used these companies to misuse the national resources while illicit funds gained through these companies are being used to suppress own people.
ERC expresses gratitude to the government of the United States and the United Kingdom. This is a step in the right direction, but more steps are needed to be done. ERC also urges European Union and other peace-loving countries across the world to impose targeted sanctions on Myanmar Tatmadaw and stand in solidarity with the people of Myanmar.
ERC firmly believes that it is now high time to bring Myanmar Tatmadaw into international justice for committing crimes against humanity against the people of Myanmar and genocide against Rohingya. ERC also urges international community including United States, United Kingdom and European Union to officially recognize Myanmar’s genocide against Rohingya and refer the case to International Criminal Court to punish those responsible for the genocide against Rohingya.
For more information:
Dr. Ambia Perveen
The European Rohingya Council