The UK has imposed sanctions on three Myanmar generals for human rights abuses following a military coup in the country earlier this month.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Robb said: “The United Kingdom condemns the military coup and the arbitrary detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political figures.
“We, along with our international allies, will hold the Myanmar military accountable for human rights abuses and pursue justice for the people of Myanmar.”
The military arrested and detained the country’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, after his party won a landslide victory in the November election.
The United Kingdom has said it will impose sanctions on Defense Minister Mia Tun O’Brien, Interior Minister Lieutenant General Cho Hood and Deputy Interior Minister Lieutenant General Hang.
This means that immediate property freezes and travel bans will be enforced against them, and additional security will prevent British aid from indirectly supporting the military-led government.
Instead, the UK government will take steps to ensure that aid reaches only the poorest and most vulnerable in Myanmar.
It said: “The Myanmar military and police have committed serious human rights violations, including the right to life, the right to freedom of assembly, the right not to be subject to arbitrary arrest or detention, and the right to freedom of expression.”
The UK has already imposed sanctions on 16 members of the Myanmar military.
The UK move on Thursday is being taken in tandem with Canada, which is also announcing measures against the regime.
The announcements came as protesters took to the streets of Myanmar on Thursday following an armed threat by security forces in Mandalay, the country’s second-largest city.