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EU extends weapons embargo against Myanmar for another year

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“The embargo’s aim is to ensure that the bloc’s exports will not be used for internal repression.

“The list includes dual-use goods, such as communications equipment, that the military and border guard police could deploy,’’ EU noted.

According to bloc, the measure also extends a ban on military cooperation and covers 14 high-ranking officers in the military and border police.

The EU first implemented the measures in early 2018, after hundreds of thousands of the Muslim minority Rohingya were forced to flee.

The bloc has accused Myanmar’s military of committing mass rapes and executions.

Earlier this month, the UN Human Rights Office reported that civilians are being attacked amid new violence in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state, causing several thousand Rohingya people to flee.

Meanwhile, recently, Myanmar’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal filed on behalf of two Pulitzer Prize-winning Reuters reporters who are serving seven-year sentences for violating the country’s Official Secrets Act.

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