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Myanmar/Burma: The EU is sanctioning 7 high-ranking officers of the armed forces, borders and policemen in charge of or connected with serious breaches of the Rohingya people's right to man.

The Council imposed restrictions on seven persons on 25 June in view of the Myanmar/Burma crisis. The penalties comprise a freezing of assets and a prohibition on travelling. Those to be sanctioned are Myanmar/Burma military (Tatmadaw), frontier guards and policemen who will be named for their participation in or connection with horrors and serious breaches of the Rohingya people in Rakhine State in the second half of 2017.

The Council on 26 April 2018 prolonged and reinforced the EU weapons embargo against Burma/Myanmar and banned further judicial education and co-operation with the Myanmar/Burma armies. The Council also adopted a legislative frame for specific restrictions against certain members of the Myanmar Defence Force (Tatmadaw) and the Frontier Service, which makes it possible to apply specific penalties in the event of further impunity.

Please consult the page on the website of the Council of the European Union.

7 Myanmar generals for Rohingya crackdown

One of Myanmar's top general, punished by the European Union for his part in the violent suppression of the Rohingya Muslims, has been sacked. On Monday, the army reported that Major General Maung Maung Soe, former chief of the Rakhine State' s West Army Commando, was sacked for his bad performances in reaction to the Rohingya attack last August.

A counter-offensive was started by the army, which resulted in almost 700,000 Rohingyas fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh. Rohingya eyewitnesses and defenders of humanitarian law have charged the army with assassination, violation and torture in a United Nations and United States of America federal offensive against the people. On Monday, six other high-ranking Myanmar army officers and Maung Maung Soe were sentenced by the EU for "atrocities and serious breaches of fundamental rights" against the Rohingya people.

Burma said that one of the seven punished officers, Lieutenant General Aung Kyaw Zaw, was allowed to step down in May. On Monday, Canada also issued penalties against the seven Myanmar officers. The United States in December 2017 penalized Maung Maung Soe for his part in the suppression of the Rohingya.

In addition, the U.S. is stopping issuing visa to present and former Burmese army officials. The US State Department issued a declaration expressing its strong endorsement of the measures taken by Canada and the European Union to "continue to promote responsibility for the atrocities" in the State of Rakhine.

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