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Thursday, June 10, 2021

China Boosts Support for Myanmar Army, Countering U.S. Sanctions

Bloomberg News
9 June 2021

China says its policy toward Myanmar remains unaffected by the country’s domestic situation, bolstering support for a regime that has faced multiple rounds of sanctions from the U.S. and its Western allies following a coup four months ago.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his counterpart Wunna Maung Lwin during a meeting on Tuesday in Chongqing that Beijing would continue implementing bilateral projects in the Southeast Asian nation, Myanmar state broadcaster MRTV reported.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

U.S. Reimposes Economic Sanctions On Military Regime in Burma

JDSUPRA
June 7, 2021


Effective June 1, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) published new Burmese Sanctions Regulations (“BSR”) that implement President Biden’s February 10, 2021, Executive Order 14014 (“E.O. 14014”), which was issued in response to a coup by the Burmese military to overthrow the country’s democratically elected civilian government. The coup leaders have arrested and detained many of Burma’s government and political leaders, human rights advocates, journalists, and religious leaders in an explicit repudiation of Burma’s national elections that took place in November 2020. Despite widespread domestic and international protests against the coup, the Burmese military has thus far continued its use of violent repression and deadly force, killing or wounding hundreds of people, including young children.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Study in the U.S.


Press Release: U.S. Embassy Resumes Student Visa Appointments


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2021

Yangon – The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy will open visa interview appointments for student visa applicants later this month.

Students in Myanmar deserve the opportunity to pursue their education in the United States. The U.S. Embassy in Myanmar is committed to supporting the people’s aspirations for a brighter future through cultural and academic exchange.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

US orders some diplomats to leave Myanmar as unrest grows

AP
March 30, 2021
Anti-coup protesters stand beside a burning tire as they fortify their position against the military during a demonstration in Yangon, Myanmar on Tuesday March 30, 2021. Thailand’s prime minister denied Tuesday that his country’s security forces have sent villagers back to Myanmar who fled from military airstrikes and said his government is ready to shelter anyone who is escaping fighting.(AP Photo)



WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department on Tuesday ordered non-essential U.S. diplomats and their families to leave Myanmar, as a deadly government crackdown on demonstrators protesting last month’s coup intensifies.

The department said in a brief statement it would require non-emergency U.S. government employees and their dependents to depart the country in an upgrade of its previous instructions from Feb. 14 that had allowed them to leave voluntarily. The department also reiterated an earlier warning for Americans not to travel to Myanmar, also known as Burma.

US ratchets up pressure on Myanmar’s military after its bloodiest weekend since the coup

VOX
Alex Ward@AlexWardVoxalex.ward@vox.com 
Mar 29, 2021,

Reports indicate Myanmar’s junta killed about 140 people over the weekend. The Biden administration is responding with trade restrictions.


A relative cries during the funeral of a protester in Myanmar on March 29. AFP via Getty Images


The Biden administration is stepping up its actions to punish Myanmar’s ruling military junta in the wake of a bloody weekend targeting civilians protesting against the February military coup.

On Saturday, the military commemorated Armed Forces Day by killing about 140 people — including six children — in 44 cities and towns amid nationwide peaceful protests, according to local reports and activists. One of the children, 11-year-old Aye Myat Thu, was buried with her drawings and toys as her family mourned beside her.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

U.S. and Britain blacklist Myanmar military-controlled companies

Brinkwire
JONATHAN EDWARDS 
MARCH 29, 2021


WASHINGTON, March 25 – The United States and Britain imposed sanctions on conglomerates controlled by Myanmar’s military on Thursday, following the generals’ Feb. 1 coup and deadly crackdown, with Washington calling it a response to “abhorrent violence and abuses.”

The U.S. Treasury department said its sanctions targeted Myanma Economic Holdings Public Company Ltd (MEHL) and Myanmar Economic Corporation Ltd (MEC).

Britain imposed similar sanctions on MEHL, citing the Myanmar military’s serious human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims.

U.S. 'horrified' by Myanmar violence, Blinken says after bloodiest day since military coup

nbc News
By Yuliya Talmazan
March 28, 2021, 


The courageous people of Burma reject the military’s reign of terror,” Blinken said after the worst day of violence in Myanmar since last month's coup..

 

The United States is “horrified” by the bloodshed in Myanmar, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Saturday, after the country’s bloodiest day of protests since last month’s military coup.

The violent crackdown on demonstrators by Myanmar’s security forces showed that the junta will “sacrifice the lives of the people to serve the few,” Blinken said in a tweet.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

U.S. Treasury Blacklists Largest Firms Run by Myanmar Milit

Bloomberg
25 March 2021,
Protesters stand off against military junta forces in Yangon on March 16. Source: Getty

The U.S. imposed a fresh round of sanctions targeting the Myanmar military by blacklisting the two largest business entities it controls, according to the Treasury Department.

The sanctions announced Thursday against Myanmar Economic Corp. and Myanma Economic Holdings Ltd., which freeze any assets the two companies hold in the U.S., mark the most severe action taken by any country against the military since it overthrew the civilian-elected government in a coup on Feb. 1.

“These sanctions specifically target the economic resources of Burma’s military regime, which is responsible for the overthrow of Burma’s democratically elected government and the ongoing repression of the Burmese people,” the Treasury Department said in a statement.

Friday, March 26, 2021

U.S. and Britain blacklist Myanmar military-controlled companies

REUTERS
Reuters Staff


WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States and Britain imposed sanctions on conglomerates controlled by Myanmar’s military on Thursday, following the generals’ Feb. 1 coup and deadly crackdown, with Washington calling it a response to “abhorrent violence and abuses.”

FILE PHOTO: Firecrackers explode as protestors take cover behind a barricade during a demonstration against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar March 21, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer



The U.S. Treasury department said its sanctions targeted Myanma Economic Holdings Public Company Ltd (MEHL) and Myanmar Economic Corporation Ltd (MEC).

Britain imposed similar sanctions on MEHL, citing the Myanmar military’s serious human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

U.S. Blacklists Myanmar Police Chief, Army Units Over Deadly Crackdown

U.S. News
By Reuters,
Wire Service Content 
SIMON LEWIS AND Doina Chiacu
March 22, 2021
FILE PHOTO: Protesters run during a crackdown of an anti-coup protests at Hlaing Township in Yangon, Myanmar March 17, 2021. Picture taken March 17, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer/File PhotoREUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department said on Monday it was imposing sanctions on two members of Myanmar's ruling junta, including the chief of police, and two military units linked to the deadly repression of protests again the army's coup, as Washington warned of more action.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

US imposes sanctions on Myanmar companies as violence against protesters continues

JURIST
Robert Kaufman | U. Pittsburgh School of Law, US
MARCH 12, 2021 

The US Department of the Treasury sanctioned the two adult children of commander-in-chief of the Myanmar military, Min Aung Hlaing, on Wednesday in response to the continued violence by military forces against protesters.

In a press release, the Treasury Department labeled Min Aung Hlang as the leader of the military coup against Myanmar’s democratically elected government, saying:

The United States stands in solidarity with the people of Burma, and we remain committed to promoting accountability for those responsible for the coup and ongoing violence. The United States urges the immediate release of State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, as well as all others unjustly detained since February 1, including members of civil society, journalists, and human rights activists.

U.S. Offers Protected Status For People From Myanmar As Coup Leaders Crack Down

npr
MICHELE KELEMEN
March 12, 2021

Security forces stand guard on a road as people are arrested, next to dismantled barricades that were set up by protesters demonstrating against the military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar, on Friday.AFP via Getty Images


Updated at 6:20 p.m.

The United States will offer temporary protected status to people from Myanmar who fear returning home, the Biden administration said Friday, as it tries to ratchet up pressure on military coup leaders in the Southeast Asian country, and provide protection to some of those criticizing it.

U.S. trying to contact Aung San Suu Kyi, detainees after civilian officials die in Myanmar military custody

CNBC
Christian Nunley@CNUNLEY7
FRI, MAR 12 2021

KEY POINTS

  • The U.S. is still trying to contact Aung San Suu Kyi, who was ousted from power as Myanmar’s de facto head of government in a Feb. 1 coup.
  • Two members of Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy have died after Myanmar security forces detained them.
  • “We’re working through appropriate channels to make contact with those detained,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said.
  • The U.S. and China have a meeting in Anchorage, Alaska on March 18 to discuss a wide range of topics. Myanmar may be on the docket.
Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi looks on before the UN’s International Court of Justice on December 11, 2019 in the Peace Palace of The Hague, on the second day of her hearing on the Rohingya genocide case.
Koen Van Weel | AFP | Getty Images


The U.S. is still working to contact Aung San Suu Kyi and other civilian detainees in Myanmar, the State Department said Friday, after two officials with her National League for Democracy party died in military custody over the past week.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

US reiterates support for pro-democracy protests in Myanmar

Hundustan Times
ANI, Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021

 
This comes after the Myanmar police opened fire on pro-democracy protesters in the city of Mandalay on Saturday, killing two people and wounding dozens.

US State Department Spokesman Ned Price speaks to reporters during a news briefing at the State Department in Washington, US(REUTERS)


The US continues to stand with the people of Burma as they voice their aspirations for peace and democracy and it calls on the military to stop violence, release all those unjustly detained and cease attacks on journalists and activists, according to US State Department spokesperson Ned Price on Sunday (local time).

Saturday, February 13, 2021

U.S. 'Stands With The People,' Imposes Sanctions On Myanmar's Coup Leaders

nrp
SCOTT NEUMAN
February 11, 2021
Women protest on Wednesday against the military coup that toppled the government led by Aung San Suu Kyi earlier this month. The Biden administration on Thursday announced sanctions against several of the coup leaders.Anadolu Agency via Getty Images


The Biden administration has imposed sanctions on 10 current and retired top-ranking leaders in Myanmar's military following a coup earlier this month that toppled the democratically elected government led by Aung San Suu Kyi.

In a statement issued Thursday afternoon, the Treasury Department announced it was freezing U.S.-based assets belonging to the sanctioned individuals. The list includes six members of the newly installed junta, including its head, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, and his deputy, Soe Win. Hlaing was already on a U.S. sanctions list from 2019, when he was targeted for the army's brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in the country's western Rakhine state.

Friday, February 12, 2021

U.S. Can Impose Substantial Costs on Those Responsible for Coup in Myanmar: State Dept.

U.S News
By Reuters
Wire Service Content 
Feb. 10, 2021,

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The United States can impose substantial costs on those responsible for the coup in Myanmar, the State Department said on Wednesday after President Joe Biden said he approved an executive order that will pave the way for sanctions.

State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters that the continued demonstrations in Myanmar after the military detained elected leaders and seized power on Feb. 1. indicates the aspirations of the people of Myanmar for democracy.





(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk, Doina Chiacu and Daphne Psaledakis, Editing by Franklin Paul)


Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

US voices concern on Bangladesh transfer of Rakhine Muslims

MYANMAR TIMES 

AFP
14 DEC 2020

Northern Rakhine refugees disembark from a Bangladesh Navy ship to the island of Bashar Char in Noakhali on December 4. Photo: AFP


The United States on Thursday voiced concern over Bangladesh's transfer of Northern Rakhine Muslim refugees to a low-lying island and said that any movement should be voluntary.

Bangladesh, which has taken in nearly one million refugees who fled a brutal offensive in neighboring Myanmar, has started the relocation of 100,000 of them from squalid camps on the mainland to Bhashan Char, a silt island frequently in the path of cyclones.

Sunday, December 13, 2020

US asks Myanmar to create conditions for Rohingya repatriation, voices concern over relocation

Prothum Alo------ 

Reuters
Washington
Published: 11 December 2020,


 

 

The first batch of Rohingyas has started out for Bhasan Char from the Chattogram in the morning of 4 December 2020Prothom Alo

The United States on Thursday said it was concerned about Bangladesh's relocation of 1,642 Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char island and plans to carry out further moves, calling on Bangladesh to accept independent assessments of the move.

The United States also backed the United Nations in calling for any such relocations to be "fully voluntary and based on informed consent without pressure or coercion", State Department spokesman Cale Brown said in a statement.

Brown also reiterated Washington's call on Myanmar to create the conditions conducive for Rohingya refugees’ voluntary, safe, and dignified return to their home country.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

U.S. voices concern about Bangladesh's relocation of Rohingya

REUTERS
By Reuters Staff
DECEMBER 10, 2020

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States on Thursday said it was concerned about Bangladesh’s relocation of 1,642 Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char island and plans to carry out further moves, calling on Bangladesh to accept independent assessments of the move.

The United States also backed the United Nations in calling for any such relocations to be “fully voluntary and based on informed consent without pressure or coercion”, State Department spokesman Cale Brown said in a statement.

Bangladesh naval vessels moved the Rohingya refugees to the flood-prone, remote island in the Bay of Bengal on Dec. 4, despite complaints by refugees and rights groups that some were being coerced.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

U.S. Position on Relocation of Rohingya Refugees to Bhasan Char

United States Department of State - Wikipedia

Press Statement
Cale Brown, Principal Deputy Spokesperson
December 10, 2020



The United States has long noted its appreciation for the Government of Bangladesh’s commitment to hosting the Rohingya refugees but is concerned about the relocation of 1,642 Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char and plans to carry out further relocations. The United States concurs with the UN that any such relocations must be fully voluntary and based on informed consent without pressure or coercion.

Bangladesh has stated that Rohingya refugees may return to camps on the mainland if they choose. The United States calls on the Government of Bangladesh to adhere to this commitment and demonstrate respect for the human rights of refugees relocated to Bhasan Char, including freedom of movement, by facilitating refugees’ ability to move to and from Cox’s Bazar. Refugees on Bhasan Char should have access to livelihoods and basic services, such as education and health care.
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