March 28, 2022

OFAC designates Burmese military leaders and arms dealers

On March 25, 2022, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control designated five individuals and five entities for engaging in serious human rights abuse in Burma.  These individuals and entities were designated by OFAC pursuant to EO 14014 for their connection with Burma’s military regime that overthrew Burma’s democratically elected civilian government following the February 1, 2021 coup and, since then, has committed genocide, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing against Rohingya.  OFAC reports that Burma’s military has also committed atrocities against other ethnic and religious minority groups for decades.  The designations include the 66th Light Infantry Division (66 LID), which was accused of carrying out massacre on Christmas Eve in 2021 that resulted in the capture, torture, and killing of civilians.  OFAC also designated two commanders of the 66 LID, three arms dealers and companies that they owned and controlled.

As a result of these designations, all property and interests in property of today’s designees within the United States or within the possession or control of a U.S. person are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions involving the designated persons.  In addition, entities owned 50 percent or more by one or more blocked persons are also blocked.

Department of Treasury Press Release