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’EU freezes assets Myanmarezen partly thanks to the Netherlands’

LUXEMBOURG – After the recent tightening of the arms embargo against Myanmar, the European Union now also imposed sanctions against seven members of the (border)police because of their involvement in serious human rights violations in the Asian country. Their bank balances in the EU are frozen and they don’t get a visa for Europe.

The EU Foreign ministers Monday decided in Luxembourg. They had in February ordered measures to work out because of the violence, the murders and rapes by security forces in the state of Rakhine, where more than 700,000 Rohingya muslims have fled.

Foreign Minister Stef Blok is pleased with the decision. ,,The netherlands has always strongly in the EU. These penalties have the pressure on Myanmar to step up to put an end to the human rights violations against the Rohingya population.”

The commander-in-chief of the army and other senior military, since October no longer welcome in the EU. The cooperation in the military field, including training, was last month stopped. Also applies an export ban for non-military goods that can be used to oppress the people.

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