Global Pressure on Myanmar Military Over Coup Grows as States Cut Ties, Freeze Country’s Assets

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The military overthrew the civilian democratic government and arrested numerous officials, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, over claims of election fraud, where Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy, won a majority of seats in 2020.

Countries around the world have begun mulling and taking action against the new military government in Myanmar, which came to power as a result of a coup carried out on 1 February, ending a brief period of civilian democratic rule in the country.

US President Joe Biden announced plans to impose sanctions on the country that will target the military in power, as well as their business interests. In addition, Washington froze $1 billion in Myanmar government funds located in the US to prevent the country’s military from using them. At the same time, Washington has not yet announced plans to cut or reduce diplomatic ties with the Asian state.

New Zealand, however, acted more harshly, suspending military and high-level political contacts with Myanmar over the coup. Wellington additionally slapped travel bans on the nation’s new military rulers and limited financial aid to the country until civilian rule is restored.

Not all regional powers were quick to condemn the government overthrow, but Malaysia and Indonesia have already called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to put the Myanmar issue up for discussion during a special meeting of the organisation’s member states. The…

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