You may not have heard of General Min Aung Hlaing, this military dictator It has deprived 55 million people of their freedom and ruined the future of the country.
last year, he took power In Myanmar, a military-backed party overturned the results of a free election in which it lost by a large margin.
At the time, Britain condemned this outrage, but we are keenly aware that words alone are not enough. So we used our new post-Brexit powers to impose personal sanctions on the dictator, banning him from entering the UK and freezing the assets he holds here.
We targeted Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited, where he is chairman. This company manages a number of subsidiaries. under sanctionsThe UK has also sanctioned a company owned by his son and daughter that was involved in financing the operation to wipe out the Rohingya.
We have worked with our partners around the world, particularly the United States, Canada and the European Union, to maximize the impact of these measures.
I know full well that they will not single-handedly overthrow the military takeover or restore Myanmar’s elected government. But made sure the general paid a price for his actions.
I hope the coup plotters somewhere else will ask: Do you want me and my family’s financial interests in the crosshairs of some of the richest countries in the world?
Words and actions are exactly the diplomacy I want to lead. I hope you don’t hear me utter a well-worn phrase. I’m doing
As Minister of Foreign Affairs, I should not tell you how I feel. I need to tell you about my actions to protect and promote British interests and values. Our diplomats are not commentators offering thoughts and analysis. They are players on the pitch. The UK has agency and influence and uses it to shape the course of events.
Sanctions are one of the most important tools at our disposal. By leaving the EU, the UK regained the power to impose independent national sanctions. My predecessor and I took the opportunity to build a new approach to using this important tool.
While sanctions have historically been associated with general embargoes and country-wide encumbrances, causing distress and indignation but rarely bringing change, the reality is very different.
Today, the UK imposes sanctions on carefully selected individuals to seek compensation for their malicious behavior. , which targets specific groups and companies (often state-owned) to deter subversive activities.
The first thing I did as Minister of Foreign Affairs was Sanctions on three Iranian military commanders A company that supplies Russia with armed drones that are killing innocent civilians in Ukraine.
Now that we have sovereignty over UK sanctions, we can act quickly and reliably. Today, the UK has national sanctions in force against her over 2,000 individuals and 400 entities worldwide.
In 2020, my predecessor, Dominic Crab, said, “magnitsky sanctionsIt is named after Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who was murdered in prison after exposing massive tax evasion in 2009. These measures are reserved for those involved in human rights abuses or corruption. So far he has used them against 107 individuals.
We have also paid the price for the nefarious acts of national policy.After Vladimir Putin launched his latest onslaught Ukraine In February, the UK finalized the largest package of sanctions ever enacted against a major economy.
We will hit all sectors of the Russian economy, keep the reserves of the Russian Central Bank unmoved, prevent Russian companies from raising money in the City of London, and keep British financial services within reach of the Kremlin. I put it where it doesn’t exist. Together with our allies, our sanctions have undermined Russia’s ability to wage war.
Today we are announcing new sanctions against individuals in 11 countries, including Iran, Russia, Mali and Nicaragua. The sanctions target those responsible for acts of torture, sexual violence and suppression of protests.
Imposing a price on those behind horrific sex crimes is a central part of our strategy to eradicate these crimes. , our words always mean more when backed by actions.
I assure you that this will remain the subject of British diplomacy. We are not passive bystanders. Don’t just express your feelings. Leverage your country to make a difference. As the ilk of General Min Aung Hlaing realized they were paying their price.
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