This decision comes two months after the overthrow of the government by the military junta. Since then, the country has faced a murderous crackdown on opponents of the coup.
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The Confederation is aligning itself with the sanctions approved by the European Union last week, a spokesperson for the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) told Keystone-ATS on Thursday. Commander-in-chief Min Aung as well as nine of the highest ranking officers of the armed forces and the chairman of the Election Commission are targeted. These people can no longer travel to Switzerland and their possible assets are frozen.
At least 107 people, including seven children, were killed on Saturday in the crackdown on protests across Burma, according to the United Nations. And since the coup on February 1, more than 500 civilians have died, according to the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners (AAPP).
Burma faces an “unprecedented” risk of “civil war,” UN envoy Christine Schraner Burgener said on Wednesday. The Swiss called on the Security Council to use “all means” to avoid a “catastrophe” and a “bloodbath”.
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