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Australia places high level sanctions on Myanmar military, follows EU/US lead

Australia has placed travel and financial sanctions on five of Myanmar’s most senior military officers who stand accused of overseeing violence against the Rohingya community.

The sanctions follow similiar actions by the European Union and United States placed on Myanmar’s military earlier this year.

A recent report by the UN accused Myanmar’s military of rapes and mass killings with ‘genocidal intent,' calling for its commander-in-chief and five generals to be prosecuted under international law.

Speaking on Australia’s decision to impose sanctions, Foreign Minister Marise Payne said,

“I have now imposed targeted financial sanctions and travel bans against five Myanmar military officers responsible for human rights violations committed by units under their command.”

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