Myanmar: Sanctions

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 15 November 2022.

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Photo of Baroness Nye Baroness Nye Labour

To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to impose aviation fuel sanctions on the Burmese military following the most recent air attack by the Tatmadaw on a music festival that killed 80 and injured hundreds.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

In response to the Myanmar military's airstrikes in Kachin State, which killed a large number of innocent civilians, the British Embassy in Yangon joined a statement with the US, Canadian, Australian, EU, Norwegian and Swiss embassies to condemn the attacks.

The UK is exploring both sanction and non-sanction measures to tackle the Myanmar military's air capabilities and ability to target civilians. On 28 February 2022, the UK updated its Overseas Business Risk Guidance to make it clear that UK businesses should conduct thorough supply chain due diligence to ensure that commodities such as aviation fuel do not reach the Myanmar military.

Since the military coup in Myanmar on 1 February 2021, the UK Government has imposed 12 tranches of sanctions targeting the military's leadership, and its access to revenue, arms and military equipment.

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