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Now, it’s the UK’s turn to sanction Myanmar/Burma…

OFSI has added the following persons:

1. MYINT, Aung Moe
Title: Doctor DOB: (1) 09/06/1971. (2) 28/09/1969. POB: Myanmar a.k.a: MYINT, Aung Nationality: Myanmar Passport Number: 12/YAKANA(N)006981 Address: 15 Waizayandar Road, Ngye Kyar Yan Quarters, South Okkalapa Township, Yangon, Myanmar. Position: Honorary Consul of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): MYA0037 (UK Statement of Reasons): The Tatmadaw has a track record of committing serious human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian lawin Myanmar for decades. As Director of Dynasty International Company Ltd (DICL), Aung Moe Myint has used his commercial and personal position to provide support for these activities in his role as an importer and broker of arms and dual use goods. Through his control of DICL, he has acted as a key source of weapons and commercial support for the junta, including through his close political/commercialties with Belarus. Aung Moe Myint has therefore been involved in the supply of restricted goods and/or restricted technology, and dual-use goods, which could have contributed to serious human rights violations. Further, and/or alternatively, Dr Aung Moe Myint is associated with the State Administration Council and Myanmar Security Forces, through his role as Honorary Consul of the Republic of Belarus. He has used this position to carry out engagement on behalf of the State Administration Council and/or the Myanmar Security Forces. Further, and/or alternatively, Dr Aung Moe Myint is associated with the military through his extensive links with the former and current junta regimes. (Gender): Male Listed on: 25/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 25/03/2022 Last Updated: 25/03/2022 Group ID: 15045.

2. HTUN AUNG
Nationality: Myanmar Position: General Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): MYA0040 (UK Statement of Reasons): On 1 February 2021 the Myanmar military (Tatmadaw), led by Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing, staged a coup and transferred powers to the State Administration Council (SAC). The SAC is responsible for undermining democracy and the rule of law in its seizure of power from the democratically elected government. The Myanmar Security Forces, acting under the direction of the SAC and senior Generals, have committed serious human rights violations since 1 February 2021: killing protestors, restricting freedom of assembly and expression including through restricting internet access, arbitrary arrest and detention of opposition leaders and opponents of the coup. The SAC has adopted legislation violating the right to privacy and the right not to be subject to arbitrary detention in Myanmar. As a member of the SAC, Htun Aung shares responsibility with its other members for the actions of the SAC. Further, and/or alternatively, Htun Aung is a senior general in the Myanmar Air Force. He is also associated with Commander in Chief General Min Aung Hlaing who is a designated person under the Myanmar (Sanctions) Regulations 2021 and the Global Human Rights (Sanctions) Regulations 2020 in respect of actions related to the February 2021 coup and serious human rights violations in Rakhine, and elsewhere. Further, and/or alternatively, General Htun Aung is a Director of, and therefore associated with, Myanmar Economic Holdings Public Company Ltd an entity designated under the Global Human Rights (Sanctions) Regulations and owned by the Myanmar military. (Gender): Male Listed on: 25/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 25/03/2022 Last Updated: 25/03/2022 Group ID: 15046.

3. OO, Aung Hlaing
Title: U POB: Myanmar Nationality: Myanmar Position: CEO of Myanmar Chemical and Machinery Co Ltd Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): MYA0042 (UK Statement of Reasons): The Tatmadaw has a track record of committing serious human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law in Myanmar for decades. As Managing Director of Myanmar Chemical and Machinery Co Ltd, Aung Hlaing Oo has used his commercial and personal position to provide support for these activities in his role as an importer and broker of arms. Through his control of MCM, he has acted as a key source of weapons and commercial support for the junta, including through his close political/commercial ties with Eastern Europe. Aung Hlaing Oo, has therefore, been involved in the supply of restricted goods and/or technology, which could have contributed to serious human rights violations. Aung Hlaing Oo, is also associated with the Commander in Chief, Min Aung Hlaing. (Gender): Male Listed on: 25/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 25/03/2022 Last Updated: 25/03/2022 Group ID: 15047.

and entities:

1. MIYA WIN
a.k.a: Miya Win International Limited Address: (1) 3rd Street, Thit Sar Housing, No.3/401, (8) Ward, South Okkalapatownship, Yangon Region, Myanmar, 11091. (2) Kokkine Residence Street, No.12/B,Shwe Taung Kyar (2) Ward, Bahan Township, Yangon Region, Myanmar, 11201. Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): MYA0038 (UK Statement of Reasons): The Tatmadaw has a track record of committing serious human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law in Myanmar for decades. Miya Win International Ltd is responsible for ongoing activity in brokering deals for the supply and upkeep of aircraft for the Myanmar Air Force. Evidence indicates that Miya Win International Ltd has been involved this activity since at least 2017 and has continued to support the Myanmar Security Forces since the coup in February 2021. Miya Win International Ltd has therefore been involved in the supply of dual-use goods to the Myanmar Air Force; and has been involved in the supply of restricted goods which could contribute to serious human rights violations Further and/or additionally Miya Win International Ltd contributed funds to the Myanmar Security Forces in 2017, at two fundraising events held by Commander-in- Chief Min Aung Hlaing during the Rakhine clearance operations. There are reasonable grounds to suspect that these funds contributed to serious human rights violations and ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya. (Phone number): 1548827 (Email address): info@miyawin.com (Type of entity): Company (Business Reg No):101907457 Listed on: 25/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 25/03/2022 Last Updated: 25/03/2022 Group ID: 15048.

2. DYNASTY INTERNATIONAL COMPANY LTD
a.k.a: Dynasty Group Address: Waizayandar Road, No.15, Ngwe Kyar Yan Quarter, South Okkalapa Township, Yangon Region, Myanmar. Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): MYA0041 (UK Statement of Reasons): The Tatmadaw has a track record of committing serious human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law in Myanmar for decades. Dynasty International Company Ltd has provided support for these activities in its role as an importer and broker of arms imports to Myanmar. It has been responsible for the supply and upkeep of military and training aircrafts for the Myanmar Air Force, including since the February 2021 coup. Dynasty International Company Ltd is therefore involved in the supply of restricted goods and/or restricted technology, and dual-use goods, which could contribute to serious human rights violations. Further and/or alternatively, Dynasty International Company Ltd is owned and controlled by Dr Aung Moe Myint, who is an “involved person” for the purposes of the Myanmar (Sanctions) Regulations 2021 for his involvement in supplying goods and technology to the Myanmar Security Forces, and his association with the State Administration Council. (Phone number): (0)95021813 (Email address): dynastygroup@myanmar.com.mm (Type of entity): Company (Business Reg No): 100720744 Listed on: 25/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 25/03/2022 Last Updated: 25/03/2022 Group ID: 15049.

3. MYANMAR CHEMICAL & MACHINERY CO
Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref): MYA0043 (UK Statement of Reasons): The Tatmadaw has a track record of committing serious human rights violations in Myanmar for decades. Myanmar Chemical and Machinery Co Ltd (MCM) has provided support for the military’s activities in its role as an importer and broker of arms imports to Myanmar. It has acted as a key source of weapons and commercial support for the junta. MCM, has therefore, been involved in the supply of restricted goods and/or restricted technology, which could have contributed to serious human rights violations. Further and/or alternatively, MCM owned and/or controlled by and/or associated with Aung Hlaing Oo, who has played a personal role in brokering arms deals from Eastern Europe through his personal and commercial connections. (Type of entity): Company Listed on: 25/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 25/03/2022 Last Updated: 25/03/2022 Group ID: 15050.

to its Myanmar/Burma sanctions program.

And FCDO released the following press release:

Press release

UK announces new sanctions against Myanmar military ahead of Myanmar Armed Forces Day

UK sanctions announced ahead of Myanmar Armed Forces Day in coordination with allies. From:Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Officeand The Rt Hon Amanda Milling MPPublished25 March 2022

  • new designations target arms dealers and companies responsible for supplying weapons to the military
  • Minister for Asia condemns the military’s use of violence and calls for return to democracy

Two individuals and 3 companies responsible for supplying the Myanmar military regime with weapons and equipment have been sanctioned, the UK government has announced today. The UK has also designated the new Head of Air Force who was recently appointed to the State Administration Council.

The move comes ahead of Myanmar Armed Forces Day this weekend. On Armed Forces Day last year, the Myanmar military killed over 100 civilians, in what is regarded as the bloodiest day since the coup in February 2021.

New sanctions, freezing assets and banning travel to the UK, will be brought against Dr Aung Moe Myint, Aung Hlaing Oo and General Htun Aung.

Dynasty International Company Ltd, Myanmar Chemical and Machinery Company Ltd, and Miya Win International Ltd will also have their assets frozen. The UK has worked closely with partners in the US and Canada to coordinate this latest round of action.

Minister for Asia Amanda Milling said:

The Myanmar military has shown no signs of stopping its brutal campaign of violence against the people of Myanmar, who continue in their fight for democracy.

These sanctions target those who are instrumental in supplying the military with weapons that facilitate these abuses across the country.

Working with like-minded countries, the UK will always defend the right to freedom, democracy, rule of law and hold to account this suppressive, brutal regime.

The Myanmar military continue to use violence against civilians, including indiscriminate airstrikes, village burnings, and the suppression of the opposition movement.

The individuals and entities listed are responsible for facilitating this violence, including through supplying the military with weapons and services that have increased their ability to commit human rights violations.

These designations demonstrate the UK’s commitment to identifying and cutting off, the military’s supply of weapons and equipment from abroad.

The UK strongly condemns those countries who continue to facilitate the flow of arms to the military regime.

These countries share a responsibility for the brutal violence meted out by the Myanmar military.

The UK will continue to coordinate with allies, to push for an end to violence, the full implementation of the ASEAN Five Point Consensus, and immediate humanitarian access to those in need of lifesaving aid.

Background

Those sanctioned today are:

  • Dr Aung Moe Myint: Director of Dynasty International Company Ltd, responsible for procurement of arms for the Myanmar military. He is also Honorary Consul of Belarus to Myanmar, and the representative of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Myanmar
  • Aung Hlaing Oo: Managing Director of Myanmar Chemical and Machinery Co Ltd (MCM). Through his control of MCM, he has acted as a key source of weapons and commercial support for the junta. He is also an associate of Commander-in-Chief and coup leader, Min Aung Hlaing
  • General Htun Aung: Newly-appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar Air Force. He is also a Director of Myanmar Economic Holdings Public Company Ltd – a major conglomerate ran by the Myanmar military and sanctioned by the UK, United States and European Union for financing the military’s human rights violations
  • Dynasty International Company Ltd: an importer and broker of arms imports to Myanmar. It has been responsible for the supply and upkeep of military and training aircrafts for the Myanmar Air Force, including since the February 2021 coup
  • Myanmar Chemical and Machinery Company Ltd: acts as a key source of weapons and commercial support for the junta
  • Miya Win International Ltd: responsible for ongoing activity in brokering deals for the supply and upkeep of aircraft for the Myanmar Air Force. It has continued to support the Myanmar Security Forces since the coup in February 2021

Link:

OFSI Notice

FCDO Press Release

Categories: Burma Sanctions OFSI Updates Sanctions Lists

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