US sanctions 10 Myanmar military officials for coup

US sanctions 10 Myanmar military officials for coup
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  • calendar-gray 12 February 2021

The US sanctioned 10 Myanmar military officials Thursday for their roles in the overthrow of that country's civilian government, APA reports citing Anadolu.

“As the President has said, the February 1 coup was a direct assault on Burma’s transition to democracy and the rule of law,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a statement. “The Treasury Department stands with the people of Burma — and we are doing what we must to help them in their effort to secure freedom and democracy.”

Among those designated are Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing, and his deputy Soe Win. Both were sanctioned in 2019 for human rights abuses related to the Myanmar military's violent crackdown on the country's Muslim minority Rohingya population.

In addition, Myint Swe, a former military official who is now Myanmar's first vice president, and three lieutenant generals, have been added to the US blacklist.

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