The NUG welcomes the new round of sanctions laid by the United Kingdom. The government of the UK has seen fit to sanction yet more enterprises linked to the military and supporting the ongoing atrocities financially and/or logistically. Such sanctions are a vital mechanism for cutting off the flow of money and goods to the military with which they will acquire weapons, ammunition, vehicles, and fuel for their bombers, tanks, and helicopters. The only way for the conflict to end is for the military to be rendered unable to continue their campaign of terror and destruction, and sanctions represent a peaceful yet powerful blow against the ongoing massacres and horror.
However, sanctions can only succeed if they are implemented universally and with broad scope. Companies can be renamed and rebranded to circumvent sanctions and similarly, when one country imposes sanctions, the junta can approach other, less moral countries to sell stolen valuables and acquire arms. It is for this reason vital that all countries who have already imposed sanctions broaden and strengthen those sanctions to prevent the military from exploiting loopholes, and that countries which have not yet placed sanctions on the military, their cronies, and their businesses now follow the example of the UK and many other champions of democracy in cutting off the financial support the Tatmadaw depends on. Without regular replenishment and replacement of supplies the military will have no recourse but to sue for peace.
Furthermore, the NUG notes the appropriateness of the UK’s announcement of sanctions coinciding with the 5th anniversary of the military’s genocide of the Rohingya. while not the only genocide attempted by the Tatmadaw, it is by far the most gruesome and the first to be widely acknowledged in the international community as a genocide. It is right and just that the sanctions which cripple the junta’s war machine should come on a day of commemoration for their victims. Victims who as we speak are fighting in the ICJ, through the Gambia, to have their voices and experiences heard and recorded on the world stage to lay bare the true depravity and savagery of the Myanmar military. The NUG applauds the government of the UK for its decision to intervene in the ICJ trial and lend it’s not inconsiderable weight to the proceedings. In this way, the NUG feels more confident than ever that the trial will shed light on the complete and grotesque truth of the Tatmadaw’s actions in Rakhine, will provide a much-needed platform for the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya victims of the military’s barbarism, and will strike a crushing blow for the cause of justice.
The NUG implores all democratic peace-loving nations to look to the United Kingdom and follow her example
Union Minister of the Ministry of International Cooperation
Spokesperson of the National Unity Government of Myanmar
Former Myanmar Special Envoy to the United Nations