The army regime’s SAC and cupboard members, central financial institution governor and UEC chairman.
By The Irrawaddy 18 May 2021
In its newest effort to place strain on the army regime, the Biden administration has imposed sanctions on the junta’s governing physique and key figures of its administration, together with these answerable for financial and financial coverage.
The US has added Myanmar’s State Administration Council (SAC) to an inventory of its focused sanctions. The physique was created by coup leaders to help its illegal overthrow of the democratically elected civilian authorities, the US stated.
Thirteen of the people sanctioned are key members of the army regime, which the US stated is violently repressing the pro-democracy motion within the nation and is accountable for ongoing violent and deadly assaults towards the Myanmar individuals, together with the killing of kids.
The different three people are the grownup youngsters of senior army officers General Maung Maung Kyaw and Admiral Tin Aung San. Both of them are members of the SAC and have been blacklisted by the US in February.
Among these sanctioned is U Than Nyein, who was appointed by the regime as governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar following the army takeover.
Another two figures are Dr. Pwint San, the minister for commerce, and U Win Shein, the minister for planning, finance and business, who’re presently taking part in key roles in managing the nation’s financial system below the regime.
U Ko Ko Hlaing, the minister for worldwide cooperation, has been sanctioned as effectively. The US additionally added Dr. Thet Khaing Win, minister for well being and sports activities, and U Khin Maung Yi, the minister for pure assets and environmental conservation, to the focused sanctions listing.
Another key determine is U Thein Soe, the chairman of the military-appointed Union Election Commission, who claimed the outcomes of the 2020 common election, which introduced a landslide victory to the National League for Democracy (NLD), have been invalid.
Four SAC members are included on the sanctions lists. All of them have been blacklisted by the EU in April.
Mahn Nyein Maung, a former Karen National Union chief and ex-political prisoner, ran unsuccessfully for the Lower House in Ayeyarwady Region’s Pantanaw Township for the Karen People’s Party within the Nov. 8 common election.
New National Democracy Party Chairman U Thein Nyunt and National Democratic Force Chairman U Khin Maung Swe are additionally on the sanctions listing. Both are former NLD members who stop to participate within the military-organized 2010 common election and served as MPs till 2015.
Ethnic Shan politician and SAC member U Sai Lone Hseng can also be included within the sanctions listing. He was a Shan State speaker representing the military-proxy Union Solidarity and Development Party.
“Burma’s military continues to commit human rights abuses and oppress the people of Burma. Today’s action demonstrates the United States’ commitment to work with our international partners to press the Burmese military and promote accountability for those responsible for the coup and ongoing violence,” stated Andrea Gacki, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control, an company of the US Treasury Department.
At least 802 civilians have been killed and 5,210 arrested by the regime’s forces for the reason that army coup on Feb. 1, in accordance with the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).
Key SAC cupboard members who’ve to date evaded US sanctions embrace U Wunna Maung Lwin, minister for overseas affairs; U Aung Naing Oo, minister for funding and overseas financial relations; and Daw Thet Thet Khaing, minister for social welfare, reduction and resettlement.
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