Status: 02/22/2021 9:01 p.m.
Around three weeks after the military coup in Myanmar and continued violence against demonstrators, the EU is now also reacting: The military is to be weakened with sanctions. In Myanmar, tens of thousands again protested against the junta.
After the coup in Myanmar, the EU will impose sanctions on representatives of the military. The EU foreign ministers had reached a “political agreement”, said the foreign representative Josep Borrell after consultations in Brussels. In addition, “all direct financial support” from the EU development aid, which was intended for reform programs of the overthrown government in Myanmar, is withheld.
In the morning, the EU states had initially only threatened with sanctions against military representatives “and their economic interests”. In response to the events in the Southeast Asian country, however, the ministers have now “decided on a series of targeted measures,” said Borrell.
A concrete list of those affected in the military has yet to be drawn up after the decision in principle and decided separately. Entry bans would be imposed on them and their possible assets would be frozen in the EU. Borrell stressed that the EU wanted to avoid hitting the people of Myanmar with its sanctions policy.
UN Human Rights Council calls for an end to the repression in Myanmar
Wolfgang Wanner, ARD Geneva, daily news 8 p.m., February 22, 2021
UN Human Rights Council deals with Myanmar
The February 1st military coup ended a decade of democratic change in the Southeast Asian country. On that day, the newly elected parliament in November should have met for its first session. Instead, the military arrested the de facto head of government Aung San Suu Kyi, whose National League for Democracy (NDL) party had won the election by a large margin. The military speaks of fraud.
Since then, the military have faced massive protests and use violence against demonstrators demanding the reinstatement of Aung San Suu Kyi. So far, four people have been killed in the protests and more than 600 arrested.
The UN Human Rights Council therefore also dealt with the situation in Myanmar. UN General Secretary António Guterres called on the military to stop suppressing the population immediately. “Release the prisoners. End the violence. Respect human rights and the will of the people expressed in the recent election.” Putschs have no place in the modern world, Guterres said.
Tens of thousands protest in general strike
In Myanmar, tens of thousands again protested against the military junta on Monday – despite the threat of violence by the security forces. It is reported to have been the largest rally since the coup in early February.
Photos in social networks showed huge crowds of people in the former capital, Rangoon, and the city of Mandalay in the north. In the capital Naypyidaw, more than a dozen participants were arrested, the news portal “Myanmar Now” reported.