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SECO adds 22 people, 3 entities to Myanmar sanctions

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07 March 2022 

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2022

Updated Sanction Notification

The Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER has amended Annex 1 to the Ordinance of 17. October 2018 on measures against Myanmar (RS 946.231.157.5).

On the 4th In March 2022, the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER amended the list of persons, companies and organizations sanctioned in this context. The change is directly applicable in Switzerland. The WBF therefore on the 7th. March 2022, the sanction database SESAM (SECO Sanctions Management), which is decisive for Switzerland, was adapted and the adaptation was published on its website. The change will take effect on the 7th. March 2022 at 6 p.m.


Financial intermediaries are requested to block the corresponding assets immediately and to report such business relationships to SECO in accordance with the provisions of the regulation. The notification to SECO does not release a financial intermediary from immediately reporting to the Cash Laundering Reporting Office in accordance with Art. 9 of the Money Laundering Act if conditions are met.

Swiss authorities have added the following persons:

SSID: 145-47628 Name: Aung Naing Oo
Sex: M DOB: 13 Oct 1962 POB: Kyaukse, Mandalay, Myanmar Address: L 103, Kenyeikthar Lane 6, FMI city, Yangon, Myanmar Nationality: Myanmar Identification document: Passport No. DM002656, Myanmar
Justification: Aung Naing Oo has been the Minister for Investment and Foreign Economic Relations since 2 Feb 2021. He was appointed by the State Administrative Council (SAC), led by Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing, which took over the legislative, executive and judicial powers of the State as of 2 Feb 2021. As Government Minister, he forms part of the military regime which seized power during a military coup and overthrew legitimately elected leaders in Myanmar/Burma. As Minister for Investment and Foreign Economic Relations, he is in charge of facilitating business and investments in Myanmar/Burma and therefore contributes to securing the financial needs of the military regime. In his statements and acts, he has publicly supported the coup and the military regime, including by stating that the international media exaggerated the crisis and also insisting that the civil disobedience movement is coming to an end. Additionally, he barred executives of foreign telecommunications firms from leaving the country without permission and dismissed protesting civil servants from the Ministry in Feb 2021. Therefore, his actions, policies and activities undermine democracy and the rule of law in Myanmar/Burma, and he is engaged in actions that threaten the peace, security and stability of Myanmar/Burma. Other information: National ID: 7/PaKhaNa (Naing) 13345 Modifications: Listed on 7 Mar 2022

SSID: 145-47641 Name: Charlie Than
Sex: M DOB: 1950 Address: Room No (23), Building No (25), Palm Village Villa, Yankin Yanshin Street, Yangon, Myanmar Nationality: Myanmar
Justification: Charlie Than has been the Minister of Industry since 22 May 2021. He was appointed by the State Administrative Council (SAC), led by Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing, which took over the legislative, executive and judicial powers of the State as of 2 Feb 2021. In his statements and acts, he has publicly supported the coup and the military regime. As Government Minister, he forms part of the military regime which seized power during a military coup and overthrew legitimately elected leaders in Myanmar/Burma. As Minister of Industry, he has control over State-owned factories and thus contributes to securing the financial needs of the military regime. Therefore, his actions, policies and activities undermine democracy and the rule of law in Myanmar/Burma, and he is engaged in actions that threaten the peace, security and stability of Myanmar/Burma. Modifications: Listed on 7 Mar 2022

SSID: 145-47649 Name: Thet Thet Khine
Sex: W DOB: 19 Aug 1967 POB: Mogok, Myanmar Address: 127A Dhamazadei Road, Kamayut, Yangon, Myanmar Nationality: Myanmar Identification document: Passport No. MB132403, Myanmar, Date of issue: 7 May 2015, Expiry date: 6 May 2020
Justification: Thet Thet Khine has been the Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement since 4 Feb 2021. She was appointed by the State Administrative Council (SAC), led by Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing, which took over the legislative, executive and judicial powers of the State as of 2 Feb 2021. As Government Minister, she forms part of the military regime which seized power during a military coup and overthrew legitimately elected leaders in Myanmar/Burma. In her statements and acts, she has publicly supported the coup and the military regime, including her statement that the military staged the coup in response to an electoral fraud. Additionally, she dismissed that the military committed genocide against the Rohingya population. Therefore, she is engaged in and provides support to actions and policies undermining democracy and the rule of law in Myanmar/Burma, as well as actions that threaten the peace, security and stability of Myanmar/Burma. Other information: National ID: 9MAKANAN034200 Modifications: Listed on 7 Mar 2022

SSID: 145-47661 Name: Maung Maung Ohn
Sex: M Good quality a.k.a.: U Maung Maung Ohn Nationality: Myanmar
Justification: Maung Maung Ohn has been the Minister of Information since 1 Aug 2021. He was appointed by the State Administrative Council (SAC), led by Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing, which took over the legislative, executive and judicial powers of the State as of 2 Feb 2021. He was previously Minister of Hotels and Tourism, having been appointed on 7 Feb 2021. As Government Minister, he forms part of the military regime which seized power during a military coup and overthrew legitimately elected leaders in Myanmar/Burma. As Minister of Information, he has control over the State-owned media (MWD, MRTV, Myanmar Alin, Kyemon and Global New Light of Myanmar newspapers and the Myanmar News Agency (MNA) and Myanmar Digital News), and thus controls the broadcast and publication of official news. He has continued and further strengthened the repressive policies following the military coup, notably by amending the Television and Radio Broadcasting Law, imposing additional restrictions on the freedom of expression and press freedom, including by restricting internet access, criminalising journalism and imprisoning journalists. Additionally, he instructed the members of the Myanmar Media Council, an independent body, to implement the government’s objectives. Therefore, his actions, policies and activities undermine democracy and the rule of law in Myanmar/Burma, and he is engaged in actions that threaten the peace, security and stability of Myanmar/Burma. Modifications: Listed on 7 Mar 2022

SSID: 145-47669 Name: Shwe Kyein
Sex: M Good quality a.k.a.: U Shwe Kyein Nationality: Myanmar
Justification: Shwe Kyein has been a member of the State Administrative Council (SAC) since 30 Mar 2021. On 1 Feb 2021 the Myanmar Armed Forces (Tatmadaw), led by Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing, staged a coup in Myanmar/Burma by setting aside the results of the elections held on 8 Nov 2020 and overthrowing the democratically elected government. As part of the coup, Vice-President Myint Swe, functioning as Acting President, declared a state of emergency on 1 Feb and transferred the legislative, executive and judicial powers of the State to the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. On 2 Feb 2021 the SAC was established to exercise those powers, preventing the democratically elected government from fulfilling its mandate. As a member of the SAC, U Shwe Kyein has been directly involved in and responsible for decision- making concerning State functions and is therefore responsible for undermining democracy and the rule of law in Myanmar/Burma. Additionally, the SAC adopted decisions restricting the rights to freedom of expression, including access to information, and peaceful assembly. The military forces and authorities operating under the control of the SAC have continuously committed serious human rights violations since 1 Feb 2021, by killing civilian and unarmed protestors, displacing hundreds of thousands of people, burning, torturing and killing civilians and denying equal access to humanitarian aid. The military forces and authorities operating under the control of the SAC have restricted freedom of assembly and of expression by blocking internet access, and through arbitrary arrests, detentions and convictions of opposition leaders and opponents of the coup. Furthermore, the SAC has imposed martial law in parts of the country allowing the military to exercise full authority over the specified area, including administrative, judicial and law-enforcement functions. In the areas under martial law, civilians, including journalists and peaceful protesters, are prosecuted by military courts, deprived of the right to due process, including the right of appeal. Violent actions by military and police forces threatening peace, security and stability have increased significantly in areas where martial law has been declared. As a member of the SAC, U Shwe Kyein is directly responsible for those repressive decisions and for serious human rights violations. Modifications: Listed on 7 Mar 2022

SSID: 145-47679 Name: Aung Moe Myint
Sex: M Good quality a.k.a.: U Aung Moe Myint Nationality: Myanmar
Justification: Aung Moe Myint was nominated as a member of the Union Election Commission (UEC) on 23 Feb 2021. By accepting this nomination in the aftermath of the military coup of 1 Feb 2021, and through his actions as a member of the UEC, notably the annulment of the results of the Nov 2020 elections without any proven evidence of fraud, as well as the filing of charges for electoral fraud for the same elections, Aung Moe Myint has been directly involved in actions undermining democracy and the rule of law in Myanmar/Burma. Modifications: Listed on 7 Mar 2022

SSID: 145-47685 Name: Than Tun
Sex: M Good quality a.k.a.: U Than Tun Nationality: Myanmar
Justification: Than Tun was nominated as a member of the Union Election Commission (UEC) on 2 Feb 2021. By accepting this nomination in the aftermath of the military coup of 1 Feb 2021, and through his actions as a member of the UEC, notably the annulment of the results of the Nov 2020 elections without any proven evidence of fraud, as well as the filing of charges for electoral fraud for the same elections, and the repression against former members of the UEC, Than Tun has been directly involved in actions undermining democracy and the rule of law in Myanmar/Burma. Modifications: Listed on 7 Mar 2022
SSID: 145-47691 Name: Aung Lwin Oo
Sex: M Good quality a.k.a.: U Aung Lwin OO Nationality: Myanmar
Justification: Aung Lwin Oo was nominated as a member of the Union Election Commission (UEC) on 23 Feb 2021. By accepting this nomination in the aftermath of the military coup of 1 Feb 2021, and through his actions as a member of the UEC, notably the annulment of the results of the Nov 2020 elections without any proven evidence of fraud, as well as the filing of charges for electoral fraud for the same elections, and the repression against former members of the UEC, Aung Lwin Oo has been directly involved in actions undermining democracy and the rule of law in Myanmar/Burma. Modifications: Listed on 7 Mar 2022

SSID: 145-47697 Name: Aung Saw Win
Sex: M Good quality a.k.a.: U Aung Saw Win Nationality: Myanmar
Justification: Aung Saw Win was nominated as a member of the Union Election Commission (UEC) on 2 Feb 2021. By accepting this nomination in the aftermath of the military coup of 1 Feb 2021, and through his actions as a member of the UEC, notably the annulment of the results of the Nov 2020 elections without any proven evidence of fraud, the filing of charges for electoral fraud for the same elections, and the repression against former members of the UEC, Aung Saw Win has been directly involved in actions undermining democracy and the rule of law in Myanmar/Burma. Modifications: Listed on 7 Mar 2022

SSID: 145-47703 Name: Than Win
Sex: M Nationality: Myanmar
Justification: Than Win was nominated as a member of the Union Election Commission (UEC) on 2 Feb 2021. By accepting this nomination in the aftermath of the military coup of 1 Feb 2021, and through his actions as a member of the UEC, notably the annulment of the results of the Nov 2020 elections without any proven evidence of fraud, the filing of charges against 16 people for electoral fraud for the same elections, and the repression against former members of the UEC, Than Win has been directly involved in actions undermining democracy and the rule of law in Myanmar/Burma. Modifications: Listed on 7 Mar 2022

SSID: 145-47708 Name: Saw Ba Hline
Sex: M Good quality a.k.a.: U Saw Ba Hline Nationality: Myanmar
Justification: Saw Ba Hline was nominated as a member of the Union Election Commission (UEC) on 9 Feb 2021. By accepting this nomination in the aftermath of the military coup of 1 Feb 2021, and through his actions as a member of the UEC, notably the annulment of the results of the Nov 2020 elections without any proven evidence of fraud, as well as the filing of charges for electoral fraud for the same elections, and the repression against former members of the UEC, Saw Ba Hline has been directly involved in actions undermining democracy and the rule of law in Myanmar/Burma. Modifications: Listed on 7 Mar 2022

SSID: 145-47714 Name: Soe Oo
Sex: M Good quality a.k.a.: U Soe OO Nationality: Myanmar
Justification: Soe Oo was nominated as a member of the Union Election Commission (UEC) on 9 Feb 2021. By accepting this nomination in the aftermath of the military coup of 1 Feb 2021, and through his actions as a member of the UEC, notably the annulment of the results of the Nov 2020 elections without any proven evidence of fraud, as well as the filing of charges against 16 people for electoral fraud for the same elections, and the repression against former members of the UEC, Soe Oo has been directly involved in actions undermining democracy and the rule of law in Myanmar/Burma. Modifications: Listed on 7 Mar 2022

SSID: 145-47720 Name: Than Soe
Sex: M Good quality a.k.a.: U Than Soe Nationality: Myanmar
Justification: Than Soe was nominated as a member of the Union Election Commission (UEC) on 26 Feb 2021. By accepting this nomination in the aftermath of the military coup of 1 Feb 2021, and through his actions as a member of the UEC, notably the annulment of the results of the Nov 2020 elections without any proven evidence of fraud, as well as the filing of charges for electoral fraud for the same elections, and the repression against former members of the UEC, Than Soe has been directly involved in actions undermining democracy and the rule of law in Myanmar/Burma. Modifications: Listed on 7 Mar 2022

SSID: 145-47726 Name: Bran Shaung
Sex: M Good quality a.k.a.: U Bran Shaung Nationality: Myanmar
Justification: Bran Shaung was nominated as a member the Union Election Commission (UEC) on 26 Feb 2021. By accepting this nomination in the aftermath of the military coup of 1 Feb 2021, and through his actions as a member of the UEC, notably the annulment of the results of the Nov 2020 elections without any proven evidence of fraud, as well as the filing of charges for electoral fraud for the same elections, and the repression against former members of the UEC, Bran Shaung has been directly involved in actions undermining democracy and the rule of law in Myanmar/Burma. Modifications: Listed on 7 Mar 2022

SSID: 145-47732 Name: Myint Oo
Sex: M Good quality a.k.a.: U Myint Oo Nationality: Myanmar
Justification: Myint Oo was nominated as a member the Union Election Commission (UEC) on 26 Feb 2021. By accepting this nomination in the aftermath of the military coup of 1 Feb 2021, and through his actions as a member of the UEC, notably the annulment of the results of the Nov 2020 elections without any proven evidence of fraud, as well as the filing of charges for electoral fraud for the same elections, and the repression against former members of the UEC, Myint Oo has been directly involved in actions undermining democracy and the rule of law in Myanmar/Burma. Modifications: Listed on 7 Mar 2022

SSID: 145-47738 Name: Khin Maung Oo
Sex: M Good quality a.k.a.: U Khin Maung Oo Nationality: Myanmar
Justification: Khin Maung Oo was nominated as a member the Union Election Commission (UEC) on 26 Febr 2021. By accepting this nomination in the aftermath of the military coup of 1 Feb 2021, and through his actions as a member of the UEC, notably the annulment of the results of the Nov 2020 elections without any proven evidence of fraud, as well as the filing of charges for electoral fraud for the same elections, and the repression against former members of the UEC, Khin Maung Oo has been directly involved in actions undermining democracy and the rule of law in Myanmar/Burma. Modifications: Listed on 7 Mar 2022

SSID: 145-47744 Name: Nu Mya Zan
Sex: W Good quality a.k.a.: Daw Nu Mya Zan Nationality: Myanmar
Justification: Nu Mya Zan was nominated as a member the Union Election Commission (UEC) on 26 Feb 2021. By accepting this nomination in the aftermath of the military coup of 1 Feb 2021, and through her actions as a member of the UEC, notably the annulment of the results of the Nov 2020 elections without any proven evidence of fraud, as well as the filing of charges for electoral fraud for the same elections, and the repression against former members of the UEC, Nu Mya Zan has been directly involved in actions undermining democracy and the rule of law in Myanmar/Burma. Modifications: Listed on 7 Mar 2022

SSID: 145-47750 Name: Myint Thein
Sex: M Good quality a.k.a.: U Myint Thein Nationality: Myanmar
Justification: Myint Thein was nominated as a member the Union Election Commission (UEC) on 26 Feb 2021. By accepting this nomination in the aftermath of the military coup of 1 Feb 2021, and through his actions as a member of the UEC, notably the annulment of the results of the Nov 2020 elections without any proven evidence of fraud, as well as the filing of charges for electoral fraud for the same elections, and the repression against former members of the UEC, Myint Thein has been directly involved in actions undermining democracy and the rule of law in Myanmar/Burma. Modifications: Listed on 7 Mar 2022

SSID: 145-47756 Name: Ba Maung
Sex: M Good quality a.k.a.: Dr Ba Maung Nationality: Myanmar
Justification: Ba Maung has been nominated as a member the Union Election Commission (UEC) on 26 Feb 2021. By accepting this nomination in the aftermath of the military coup of 1 Feb 2021, and through his actions as a member of the UEC, notably the annulment of the results of the Nov 2020 elections without any proven evidence of fraud, as well as the filing of charges for electoral fraud for the same elections, and the repression against former members of the UEC, Ba Maung has been directly involved in actions undermining democracy and the rule of law in Myanmar/Burma. Modifications: Listed on 7 Mar 2022

SSID: 145-47762 Name: Tayza Kyaw
Sex: M Good quality a.k.a.: U Tayza Kyaw Nationality: Myanmar
Justification: U Tayza Kyaw is a member of the Myanmar Armed Forces (Tatmadaw) and occupies various high- ranking positions, including Commander of the Northern Command and Commander of the Bureau of Special Operations No. 1 (BSO 1). Prior to the coup of 1 Feb 2021, U Tayza Kyaw oversaw military operations in Kachin State, characterised by excessive use of force against ethnic minority groups and indiscriminate violence leading to the violation of civilians’ rights and their forced displacement. Since Feb 2021, U Tayza Kyaw has overseen the BSO 1, which has led several large-scale military operations in close cooperation with U Than Hlaing, whose responsibility for perpetrating excessive violence and human rights violations has been established. The preparation and subsequent launch of the ‘clearance operations’ in the Sagaing and Magwe regions, within the purview of the BSO 1, displayed particularly excessive use of force as well as gender-based violence. He is therefore responsible for serious human rights violations in Myanmar/Burma as well as for engaging in actions that threaten the peace, security and stability of Myanmar/Burma. Modifications: Listed on 7 Mar 2022

SSID: 145-47768 Name: Ni Lin Aung
Sex: M Nationality: Myanmar
Justification: Brigadier General Ni Lin Aung is the Commander of the Eastern Command of the Myanmar Armed Forces (Tatmadaw). Part of the jurisdiction of the Eastern Command is the State of Kayah. In an attack on 24 Dec 2021 near Moso village in Phruso township, Karenni (Kayah) State, at least 35 persons were killed, among them civilians, children and two humanitarian aid workers of the NGO Save the Children. The Tatmadaw is held responsible for the attack. In his position as Commander of the Eastern Command, Brig. General Ni Lin Aung directly commands the units in the State of Kayah, including those responsible for that massacre. Brig. General Ni Lin Aung is therefore responsible for serious human rights violations and engaging in actions that threaten the peace, security and stability of Myanmar/Burma. Modifications: Listed on 7 Mar 2022

SSID: 145-47773 Name: Aung Zaw Aye
Sex: M Nationality: Myanmar
Justification: Lieutenant General Aung Zaw Aye is Commander of the Bureau of Special Operations No. 2 of the Myanmar Armed Forces (Tatmadaw). In a military attack on 24 Dec 2021 near Moso village in Phruso township, Karenni (Kayah) State, at least 35 persons were killed, among them civilians, children and two humanitarian aid workers of the NGO Save the Children. The Tatmadaw is held responsible for the attack. In his position as commander of the Bureau of Special Operations 2, Lt. Gen. Aung Zaw Aye is in command of the Eastern Command, which directly commands the military units active in the State of Kayah, including those responsible for that massacre. Lt. Gen. Aung Zaw Aye is therefore responsible for serious human rights violations and for engaging in actions that threaten the peace, security and stability of Myanmar/Burma. Modifications: Listed on 7 Mar 2022

and entities:

SSID: 145-47778 Name: Htoo Group of Companies
Address: 5 Pyay Roas, Hlaing Township, Yangon, Myanmar
Justification: Htoo Group of Companies is a private conglomerate founded and chaired by U Tay Za, who is closely connected to the top leadership of the Myanmar Armed Forces (Tatmadaw). Its activities include trading, banking, mining, tourism and aviation. Htoo Group of Companies provided the Tatmadaw with financial support in 2017 in connection to the Rakhine ‘clearance operations’ and thus contributed to serious human rights violations in 2017 against the Rohingya population. Additionally, Htoo Group of Companies has acted as an intermediary for the provision of military equipment which was used against civilian populations protesting against the 1 Feb coup, all across the country and in particular in areas with ethnic minorities. By contributing to the military’s capabilities to carry out activities undermining democracy and the rule of law in Myanmar/Burma, Htoo Group of Companies provided support to the Tatmadaw, and engaged in actions that threaten the peace, security or stability of Myanmar/Burma. Other information: a) Type of entity: holding company b) Place of registration: Myanmar/Burma c) Phone number: +95 1 500344 / +95 1 500355 d) Website: https://htoo.com/ Modifications: Listed on 7 Mar 2022

SSID: 145-47788 Name: International Group of Entrepreneurs (IGE) Company Limited Address: No. 36-G, 37-F, level-20, Office Tower (2), Time City, Corner of Kyun taw Street and Hantharwaddy Road, (7), Quarter, Kamayut Township, Yangon, 110401, Myanmar Justification: International Group of Entrepreneurs (IGE) Company Limited is a private conglomerate founded and chaired by U Nay Aung, who is closely connected to the top leadership of the Myanmar Armed Forces (Tatmadaw). IGE is active in key infrastructure industries such as telecommunication and energy, as well as in the agriculture and hospitality fields. IGE provided the Tatmadaw with financial support in 2017 in connection to the Rakhine ‘clearance operations’ and thus contributed to serious human rights violations in 2017 against the Rohingya population. IGE has also provided the Tatmadaw with indirect financial support by taking financial participations in several projects and companies linked to the Tatmadaw and its conglomerates. Therefore, it provides support to and benefits from the Tatmadaw. Other information: a) Type of entity: private enterprise b) Place of registration: Myanmar/Burma c) Phone number: +95775111112 d) Website: www.ige.com.mm Modifications: Listed on 7 Mar 2022

SSID: 145-47798 Name: No. 1 Mining Enterprise (ME1)
Address: Bu Tar Street, Forest Street, Corner of Yone Gyi Quarter, Monywa, Sagaing Region, Myanmar
Justification: No. 1 Mining Enterprise (ME 1) is a State-owned enterprise (SOE) operating under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) that also acts as the regulator for the sector of non-ferrous metal production and marketing. As such, the SOE is endowed with the responsibility to grant permits and collect part of the tax on profits made by private companies that are either in ‘production-sharing contracts’ or in joint venture with ME 1. On 1 Feb 2021 the Myanmar Armed Forces (Tatmadaw), led by Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing, seized power from the legitimate civilian Government in a coup d’état and established the State Administration Council (SAC) to exercise legislative, executive and judicial powers of the State. On 2 Feb 2021 the military regime appointed a new cabinet, including a new minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC). Through the SAC and the new cabinet, the military regime acquired control over and benefits from SOEs, including No. 1 Mining Enterprise. No. 1 Mining Enterprise is thus controlled by and generates revenue for the Tatmadaw, therefore contributing to its capabilities to carry out activities undermining democracy and the rule of law. Moreover, No. 1 Mining Enterprise has taken part and/or overseen various projects linked to violence by the Tatmadaw against civilian populations and violation of their most basic rights, including through land confiscation and forced relocation. No. 1 Mining Enterprise is therefore responsible for supporting actions that threaten the peace, security and stability of Myanmar/Burma. Other information: a) Type of entity: State-owned enterprise b) Place of registration: Myanmar/Burma c) Phone number: 09-071-21168 Modifications: Listed on 7 Mar 2022

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