IHRB Open Letter to EU Regarding Myanmar
Submission, 10 October 2018
By John Morrison, Chief Executive, IHRB
IHRB has today sent an open letter to the European Union (EU) Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström expressing concern about the EU’s potential withdrawal of Myanmar from the Everything But Arms (EBA) arrangement.
Every government, including the EU, must demonstrate full support for the recommendations of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) on Myanmar, which reported to the United Nations in September 2018 recommending targeted individual sanctions that do not have detrimental effect on the broader Myanmar population.
In particular the FFM states that it:
...does not support general economic sanctions on Myanmar. It is concerned that such sanctions in the past may have contributed to the impoverishment of the Myanmar people generally while having little impact on those most responsible for serious human rights violations.