UNISON backs call to impose sanctions on military companies dealing with Myanmar

UNISON is asking members to support Burma Campaign UK’s call on foreign secretary Dominic Rabb to immediately impose sanctions on military companies so that no UK company can do business with the military.

Following yesterday’s coup in Myanmar, the union says it stands in solidarity with the people, trade unions and others attempting to uphold democracy in the country. It says all political prisoners must be released and a robust international response including sanctions against military companies and a global arms embargo is required.

The only sanction imposed by the UK government after the Rohingya genocide was to ban 16 members of the military from taking holidays in the UK.

UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “The people’s voice was heard loud and clear during fair and democratic elections in November. Now the UK government must move quickly to sanction military companies, join the genocide case at the International Court of Justice, and work with other countries to impose arms embargoes.”

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