MANDALAY: Myanmar women, in traditional hat, occupy a street during a demonstration against the military coup on Thursday.—AFP
MANDALAY: Myanmar women, in traditional hat, occupy a street during a demonstration against the military coup on Thursday.—AFP

LONDON: Britain and Canada on Thursday imposed sanctions on generals in Myanmar for human rights violations following the military takeover in the Southeast Asian country.

The UK foreign ministry said it was imposing sanctions on three junta officials, including the ministers of defence and home affairs, and had begun a review to stop UK businesses working with the regime.

“The UK condemns the military coup and the arbitrary detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political figures,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement, referring to Myanmar’s de-facto leader who was detained in the coup.

“We, alongside our international allies, will hold the Myanmar military to account for their violations of human rights and pursue justice for the Myanmar people,” he added.

The United States has already sanctioned Myanmar leaders after the February 1 coup.

Published in Dawn, February 19th, 2021

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