EU extends Burma arms embargo & adopts framework to impose targeted measures


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.

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About Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC has a wide ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. As the most recent (2016) Chambers & Partners directory put it, she "owns the world of sanctions". She spent 2011-12 in New York at Columbia Law School lecturing and writing on sanctions. She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals before the European and English courts and has acted in most of the leading cases, including Kadi, Tay Za, Central Bank of Iran, NITC and IRISL.

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