As foreshadowed, President Obama has ended the national emergency declared in respect of Burma/Myanmar, lifting the sanctions that first came into force in 1997 in response to a “pattern of severe repression” by the Burmese regime (see previous blog). The Executive Order states that “Burma’s substantial advances to promote democracy…the release of many political prisoners, and greater enjoyment of human rights” had significantly altered the situation since the sanctions were introduced. The sanctions restricted trade in precious stones and doing business with some of Myanmar’s military officials and their associates. Separate US sanctions on Burma relating to arms and military cooperation remain in force. The US Treasury has published a Fact Sheet and FAQ on the changes, along with the details of the related de-listings, here.