The EU has continued for 1 year its arms embargo on Burma/Myanmar, and has expanded it to include:
1. A prohibition on the export of dual-use goods for use by the military and border guard police;
2. Restrictions on the export of equipment for monitoring communications that might be used for internal repression; and
3. A prohibition on the provision of military training to, and military cooperation with, the Burma/Myanmar army.
The EU has also adopted a legal framework to impose targeted sanctions (travel bans and asset freezes) against individuals of the Myanmar Armed Forces (Tatmadaw) and the border guard police who are deemed responsible for (inter alia) “serious human rights violations” (no individuals or entities listed yet). The EU previously had targeted sanctions in place against Burma/Myanmar but were completely lifted in April 2013 (previous blog here).
These EU measures were adopted today as a result of the Foreign Affairs Council conclusions of 26 February 2018 on the situation in Burma/Myanmar (previous blog here). See Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/655 and Council Regulation (EU) 2018/647. EU press release here, and UK OFSI Notice here.