UK imposes sanctions on Myanmar’s top two generals
Britain has imposed sanctions on two top Myanmar generals for carrying out massacres on Rohingyas in Rakhine state.
The two officers are Min Aung Hlaing, Commander in Chief of the Myanmar Armed Forces and his deputy Soe Win.
The reason given by the UK for imposing sanctions on Commander in Chief Hlaing was that he had ordered operations in Rakhine in 2017 and 2019 as head of Tatmadaw. The UK has also accused Soe Win, of similar killings and human rights abuses.
Documents from the Commonwealth Office say he was responsible for the massacre of Rohingya in Rakhine and extreme human rights violations by the armed forces or Tatmadaw. These included arbitrary killings, planned arson, genocide, torture, rape and other planned sexual abuse.
According to BBC reports, Dominic Raab, UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, on Monday announced sanctions on 49 individuals and organizations for involving “serious” human rights violations.
The sanctions also include the names of 25 Russians who were involved in the mistreatment and murder of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. The lawyer published the corruption of a group of Russian tax and police officers. There are also the names of 20 Saudi nationals involved in the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.