20 September 2022, London, UK – The European Union must push further actions against the Burmese military and its interests. The EU led the way in sanctioning Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise, but further action is required as the junta continues a campaign of rape, murder, and widespread destruction. BHRN calls on EU members, particularly France and Germany, to push for further sanctions to undermine the junta’s access to funds, weapons, and legitimacy.
“The EU’s sanctions on MOGE were a tremendous help in bringing the world together to stop the genocidal rampage of the Burmese military, but seven months have passed since the EU has issued any new sanctions. In that time, the military has only become more brazen in disregarding human dignity and rights. The attacks in the Sagaing Region have increased steadily, and murder and rape by junta soldiers are now common. The junta feels the pressure of being sanctioned, but they are fighting desperately to cling to power. We cannot let them win,” said BHRN’s Executive Director, Kyaw Win.
Fighting between the junta and democratic forces has spread throughout the country, and the military is struggling to maintain control. The junta is using its most inhumane tactics to reclaim territory and snuff out resistance. A democratic Burma remains possible, and the least the international community can do to help is to deprive the Burmese military of the money and weapons they use to terrorise the population.
BHRN calls on the European Union to take further steps to sanction the business interests of the Burmese military and its leaders, cut off Burma’s access to weapons, deny the junta any credibility internationally, and create a path of justice and accountability. While doing this, the international community, including the EU, must make greater efforts to support the National Unity Government and civil society organisations inside of Burma. The EU must also hold the NUG accountable for implementing a plan allowing full human rights and citizenship for all of Burma’s ethnics and religious 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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