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    Earlier this week, Britain's Foreign Office summoned Kyaw Zwar Minn, Myanmar's ambassador to the UK, to condemn the Myanmar Security Forces' response to the peaceful protests in the country.

    The British Foreign Office said on Thursday it will sanction a further six military figures, in addition to 19 already listed.

    "Today's package of measures sends a clear message to the military regime in Myanmar that those responsible for human rights violations will be held to account, and the authorities must hand back control to a government elected by the people of Myanmar," Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement.

    The British Foreign Office added that the trade ministry will work to ensure British businesses do not trade with companies owned by Myanmar's military.

    "The measures will stop those individuals from travelling to the United Kingdom, and will prevent businesses and institutions from dealing with their funds or economic resources in this country," the statement reads.

    This comes after Britain's Foreign Office earlier this week summoned Myanmar's ambassador to the UK, Kyaw Zwar Minn, to condemn the hostilities which have been taking place in Myanmar after the military coup on 1 February. Then, Myanmar’s military toppled the government and arrested State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint as well as some other top officials, accusing them of election fraud in November 2020. The military also declared a year-long state of emergency. 

    The coup was followed by weeks of mass protests, with people taking to the streets to demand the release of Suu Kyi and the end of military rule. Several people were reportedly killed and dozens more injured during the protests.

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