Justice For Myanmar welcomes the latest coordinated sanctions as the illegal Myanmar military junta prepares to celebrate Armed Forces Day, a year after they massacred more than 160 people.
The sanctions include major Myanmar arms brokers who are directly complicit in and profit from the Myanmar military’s atrocity crimes.
Arms dealers sanctioned in one or more jurisdictions include Aung Hlaing Oo and his company Myanmar Chemical & Machinery; Naing Htut Aung and his company, International Gateways Group; Dr Aung Moe Myint and his company, Dynasty International; and Sit Taing Aung and his company, Yatanarpon Aviation Support.
Sit Taing Aung is Mexico’s Honorary Consul to Myanmar. Justice For Myanmar calls on the Mexican government to immediately remove him from his position.
Miya Win International, a Myanmar arms trader with links to Austria and Germany, was sanctioned by the UK.
The US sanctioned the crony conglomerate Htoo Group, which provides arms and revenue to the terrorist military junta.
The junta’s air force chief, General Htun Aung, was also sanctioned. Htun Aung is responsible for the indiscriminate airstrikes terrorising communities across Myanmar, and must be held accountable for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Justice For Myanmar spokesperson Yadanar Maung says: “These new sanctions are an important step to disrupt the supply of arms and dual use goods that continue to flow to the terrorist Myanmar military junta.
However, more urgently needs to be done to stop the military’s indiscriminate airstrikes, shelling, killings, forced displacement, arbitrarily arrests, torture and rape.
Oil and gas remain the junta’s biggest source of foreign. We call on the US to follow the European Union in imposing targeted sanctions on Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE).
The junta’s indiscriminate airstrikes are enabled by the undisrupted supply of jet fuel. We call for urgent sanctions to stop the sale of jet fuel to Myanmar.
These sanctions yet again highlight the appalling inaction of regional democracies, which have failed to impose targeted sanctions in response to the military’s illegal attempted coup.
We call on Australia, India, Japan and South Korea to stand with the people of Myanmar and impose sanctions to stop the flow of arms and funds to the junta.”
Read more on Aung Hlaing Oo, Myanmar Chemical & Machinery, Sit Taing Aung and Yatanarpon Aviation Support in our feature here
Read about Dr Aung Moe Myint and Dynasty International here
Read about Naing Htut Aung and International Gateways Group here
Read about Miya Win International here
The Canadian sanctions announcement is here
The UK sanctions announcement is here
The US sanctions announcement is here