Today, the EU has added 7 individuals to its Myanmar/Burma sanctions list (asset freezes and travel bans imposed). The individuals are members of the Myanmar/Burma army (Tatmadaw), Border Guard or police force, and have each been listed for their “involvement in or association with atrocities and serious human rights violations committed against the Rohingya population in Rakhine State in the second half of 2017”. See Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/900, Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/898, EU press release, and UK OFSI Notice.
These Myanmar/Burma targeted measures are the first to be imposed by the EU since it adopted a legal framework in April 2018 to impose targeted sanctions against individuals of the Tatmadaw and the Border Guard Police who are deemed responsible for (inter alia) serious human rights violations (previous blog). The EU previously had targeted sanctions in place against Myanmar/Burma but were completely lifted in April 2013 (previous blog).
The 7 individuals sanctioned today: Aung Kyaw Zaw; Maung Maung Soe; Than Oo; Aung Aung; Khin Maung Soe; Thura San Lwin; and Thant Zin Oo.