EU Reacts to Suu Kyi Verdict, Expands Sanctions

Two days after a Myanmar court order confined pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to 18 months of house arrest, the European Union Thursday widened the ambit of its sanctions against the country’s military regime to include members of the judiciary.

Suu Kyi was found guilty of violating the terms of an earlier house arrest.

The extended sanctions will enable the EU to freeze the assets of judiciary members responsible for the verdict and ban them from traveling to any of the 27 member nations.

The sanctions earlier were reserved for military and government figures.

The European Council described the sanctions as a “reaction to the verdict against… Aung San Suu Kyi and given the gravity of the violation of her fundamental rights”.

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