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On 26 April 2021, the UK substantially updated its autonomous Myanmar sanctions regime to ensure that the UK GOV are fully able to use this regime to respond to the coup d’état staged by the Myanmar military on 1 February 2021.

The purpose of the sanctions regime is to promote peace and stability in Myanmar, ensuring respect for democracy, good governance and the rule of law.

It aims to encourage all actors, particularly the Myanmar Security Forces, to respect human rights and, where relevant, comply with their obligations under international human rights law.

The new designations target the Myanmar military’s economic interests through asset freezes and travel bans on designated persons.

Since the new regulations came into place, the UK GOV has maintained pressure on the Myanmar military.

The broader scope of the instrument ensures that the UK GOV can continue to coordinate our sanctions policy with the US, EU and Canada.


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