April 21, 2021

EU sanctions ten individuals and two entities connected to military coup in Burma

On April 19, 2021, the European Council adopted Regulation (EU) 2021/638 implementing Regulation (EU) No 401/2013 to impose sanctions on ten individuals and two military-controlled companies in connection with the February 2021 military coup in Burma and the subsequent repression of peaceful demonstrators by Burmese authorities.  The restrictive measures were specifically intended to target the economic interests of the Burmese military and crafted to avoid undue harm to the Burmese people.  Accordingly, the European Commission on April 16, 2021 allocated €9 million in emergency humanitarian aid to Burma to assist those in need as a gesture signifying the EU’s steadfast support for the people of Burma.

The restrictive measures imposed by the Council include travel bans and asset freezes on the listed individuals and entities, and prohibit companies and citizens in the EU from making funds available to sanctioned parties.  These restrictions are added to pre-existing measures, including the EU’s withholding of financial support to the Burmese government as well as an embargo on arms and other repressive equipment, a ban on the export of dual-use goods used by military and border police, restrictions on the export of communications equipment, and a ban on any military training and cooperation with Tatmadaw.  

The names of each sanctioned individual and entity and relevant legal acts have been published in the Official Journal.

EU Council Press Release | Official Journal of the EU – Regulation (EU) 2021/638