May 13, 2024

European Council extends Myanmar sanctions for an additional year

The Council of the European Union recently adopted Council Decision (CFSP) 2024/1250 and Council Decision 2013/184/CFSP to extend restrictive measures concerning the situation in Myanmar for an additional year, until April 30, 2025.  The decision was  based on an annual review of the situation in Myanmar that reflected continuing problems in the country, including repressive actions by the Myanmar military and incidents involving serious violations of basic human rights.

The Myanmar sanctions regime subjects listed persons to asset freezes and travel bans in the European Union and also prohibits the provision of funds or economic resources to listed persons.  Other restrictive measures on Myanmar include an embargo on arms and equipment; certain export restrictions on communications equipment; a ban on the export of dual-use goods for use by the military and border guard police; and prohibitions on military training and cooperation with the Myanmar Armed Forces.  These restrictions are imposed in addition to the European Union’s commitment to withhold direct financial assistance to the Myanmar government and freeze all assistance that might be interpreted as legitimizing Myanmar’s military regime.

In extending restrictions on Myanmar, the European Union reaffirmed its commitment to the Myanmar people and their efforts to obtain a free and peaceful democracy.

Council of the EU Press Release | Council Decision (CFSP) 2024/1250 | Council Decision 2013/184/CFSP