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Group welcomes Australia’s decision to bar entry of crony-owned Myanmar football team

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The Special Advisory Council for Myanmar (SAC-M) congratulates the Australian government for its decision to deny entry visas to the players and officials of Shan United football team, owned by Kun Naung Myint Wai, a crony with deep ties to the illegal Myanmar military junta.

Kun Naung Myint Wai is also the chairman of Wa Minn Corporation, which has business links with the Myanmar military’s “ministry of defence”. Kun Naung Myint Wai has alleged connections with the Myanmar military-controlled conglomerate, Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC), which generates vast revenues for the Myanmar military that it uses to fund grave human rights violations against civilians. In February, Australia imposed financial sanctions on MEC.

The decision to bar entry to Shan United football club, which came ahead of its scheduled football match against Sydney-based Macarthur FC in Australia, is a modest but welcome step by the Australian government to hold accountable those who benefit from their association with Myanmar’s criminal military.

SAC-M urges the Australian government to build on this positive step by taking more meaningful action to hold the Myanmar military accountable. Australia must now follow like-minded democracies, including the US, the UK, Canada and the EU, by imposing further targeted financial sanctions on the Myanmar military, its generals, affiliated entities and cronies. – SAC-M

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