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EU to penalise Myanmar officials over Rohingya violations

The sanctions also mark a shift in diplomacy by the EU, which suspended its restrictive measures on the Southeast Asian country in 2012 to support its partial shift to democratic governance in recent years.

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European Union flags flutter outside the European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters. (Reuters pic)

LUXEMBOURG: The European Union will impose sanctions on seven Myanmar security officials on Monday, according to EU diplomats and officials, over what it says are systemic human rights violations against the country’s Rohingya Muslims.

The seven will face asset freezes and be banned from travelling to the European Union, after the bloc extended an arms embargo and prohibited any training of or cooperation with Myanmar’s armed forces.

The sanctions also mark a shift in diplomacy by the EU, which suspended its restrictive measures on the Southeast Asian country in 2012 to support its partial shift to democratic governance in recent years.

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