February 23, 2021

OFAC issues Burma-related designations for two military officers

On February 22, 2021, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control designated two individuals who are members of the Burmese military group that was responsible for the February 1, 2021 coup in Burma, and recently used deadly force against peaceful protestors in that country.  The designations were made in response to the violence against peaceful protestors, pursuant to Executive Order 14014, “Blocking Property With Respect to the Situation in Burma,” the new Burma-focused sanctions authority issued by President Biden on February 11, 2021.  Shortly after the coup, Lieutenant General Moe Myint Tun and General Maung Maung Kyaw became new members of Burma’s State Administration Council on February 2, 2021.  OFAC has designated them both for being leaders or officials in the military or security forces of Burma.  

In addition to new sanctions, the US urges the Burmese military and police to cease all violence against peaceful protestors, restore democracy and the rule of law in Burma, and immediately release political prisoners including State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint.

As a result of these designations, all interests in US property is blocked and all transactions with these individuals are generally prohibited.  In addition, any entity that is owned 50 percent or more by a designated person or entity is also blocked.

Department of Treasury Press Release