Burma Human Rights Network is delighted by the newest round of sanctions by the European Union against Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE). The company has been a lifeline to the junta, providing them with cash flow while they mobilise to enforce their illegitimate rule over the country.
“This is a positive outcome of campaigned by many INGOs and CSOs including BHRN. By targeting this sector, the EU is leading the way for the world against the tyranny of the Burmese junta. The military is spreading itself and its resources thin throughout the country to suppress any resistance to their dictatorship. If the world launches strong sanctions on the military’s business interests and instates an arms embargo, the junta will not be able to continue,” said BHRN’s Executive Director, Kyaw Win.
In previous sanctions rounds against Burma by the EU, MOGE was left untouched. This marks a new level of intensity and seriousness by the international community against the Burmese military.
BHRN calls on the US and UK to take the same measures. Simultaneously a global arms embargo must be imposed on the Burmese military, preventing them from further committing atrocities against their people. The military must be treated as a illegal terrorist regime and given no platform as state representatives. Instead, all nations must come forward and formally recognise the National Unity Government as the only legitimate government of Burma and offer them all necessary support for them to regain the power taken from them by force. At the same time, the NUG must be more inclusive, make sure their policies are aligned with democratic norms and respect the rights of marginalised minorities.
BHRN is based in London and operates across Burma/Myanmar working for human rights, minority rights and religious freedom in the country. BHRN has played a crucial role in advocating for human rights and religious freedom with politicians and world leaders.
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