Myanmar Sanctions Should Target Coup Leaders, Not People

Myanmar Sanctions Should Target Coup Leaders, Not People

Doing so would put pressure on China to illustrate what kind of role it will play on worldwide issues and crises as its economy and military advance over the next decade.

Then he packed his bags - expecting to be arrested again. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a watchdog group, posted the news on their daily blog.

In different neighbourhoods, groups of mostly young men banged on pots and pans to sound the alarm as they chased down what they believed to be suspicious characters. They also live-stream the entire process.

Saturday's protests coincided with the birthday of Gen. Aung San, the country's independence leader and father of Suu Kyi.

He spent nearly two decades imprisoned because of his political activities, and went into hiding the day of this year's coup, but was reportedly seen briefly last week at one protest in Yangon.

Now, he is courting ethnic minority politicians to bolster a new government that is widely expected to last beyond that.

Spontaneous neighbourhood watch groups mobilised to thwart arrests of anti-coup activists and the United Nations demanded the release of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The 75-year-old ousted state counsellor has been held incommunicado since Feb 1.

Suu Kyi, who was swept to power following a historic election victory in 2015, faces charges of illegally importing six walkie-talkie radios.

Targets include general Hlaing - already under United States sanctions over the campaign against the mostly Muslim Rohingya minority - as well as military leaders in the new cabinet such as Defense Minister General Mya Tun Oo.

The majority are also supporters of her National League for Democracy party.

Detainees have included political leaders, government officials, civil servants, activists and student leaders.

"We urge the military leaders to consider the potentially devastating consequences of these proposed laws on Myanmar's people and economy", said Asia Internet Coalition's managing director Jeff Paine. She is now teaching courses on global relations at Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy while on sabbatical from the US Department of State, where she last was a member of the secretary's Policy Planning staff working on sanctions and CFIUS issues.

"As the people of Myanmar demonstrate their remarkable courage and resolve, let us demonstrate our support of them and the principles and values that they are fighting for", he added.

Protesters in Myeik were among the first to hit the streets on Friday, with hundreds of teachers marching through the southern port city urging people to stay home from their offices and join their strike.

"If I have problems, I will ask for your help", doctor Than Min Htut told the group who had come to aid him, flashing the three-finger salute that has come to symbolise resistance to the coup.

Concern grew Thursday that the junta was planning to impose a much harsher and sustained internet crackdown, including enacting a draft cybersecurity bill that would allow the military to order blackouts and website bans.

"We don't want to be under military dictatorship and we don't want to be under a personality cult either".

"Sections 5, 7, and 8 of the law protecting the privacy and security of the citizens are suspended", a statement signed by junta leader Min Aung Hlaing said. Her party, the National League for Democracy, won the latest election toward the end of previous year, but the military disputed the results and seized control of the government in a coup in early February.

The sanctions named Min Aung Hlaing and his deputy Soe Win, as well as four members of the State Administration Council.

The military launched the coup after what it said was widespread fraud in the November 8 election.

But the Arakan Army and the military halted hostilities around the election.

He had been one of her representatives in high-level talks with the military before the coup.

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