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EU Renews Sanctions on Myanmar

28 april 2009

European Union (EU) foreign ministers extended sanctions against Myanmar for another year Monday to push for democratic change, RAPAPORT reported citing Associated Press. The ministers called on Myanmar's military regime to take steps to make planned 2010 elections "credible" and "inclusive."
David Miliband, British foreign secretary, said that the EU had to keep pressure on Myanmar's military-led regime to introduce democratic reforms. "People are now looking forward to the constitutional reform that is planed for next year, but our basic call for the rights of minorities and rights of the opposition to be recognized remains strong indeed," Miliband said.
The EU ministers decided at their talks to keep in place for another year a travel ban on senior political officials, an arms embargo and a freeze of Myanmar assets in Europe. They also renewed calls for the release of Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners.
The EU sanctions were put in place in 2006 to protest the junta's crackdown on prodemocracy groups. The EU added other economic sanctions in 2007, including a ban on imports of timber, gemstones and precious metals from Myanmar. The sanctions have had little effect on the behavior of Myanmar's military, which has held power since 1962.
The current junta came to power in 1988 after crushing a prodemocracy uprising. It has stepped up its campaign against opposition politicians and activists before elections planned for next year.
Military courts have sentenced hundreds of activists to prison, some for terms of 104 years, in recent months. Myanmar has more than 2,100 political prisoners, according to rights groups. The most prominent is Suu Kyi, who has spent more than 13 of the last 19 years under detention. She is currently under house arrest.
The EU ministers also raised concerns over the treatment of ethnic minorities in Myanmar, notably the Rohingya minority, which has no right to citizenship. Rights groups say the 800,000 Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar face forced labor, land seizures and rape.