U.A.E. court on Friday blocked the U.NS. bid to continue funding Myanmar’s military after a judge ruled that the agency had not complied with a U.U.S.-led request to freeze the assets of the military, citing the country’s ongoing civil war.
The U.P.C.U., a U of A. affiliate, argued that the Myanmar government has failed to abide by its international obligations to ensure that funds are only used for necessary military activities.
The agency had been seeking to halt the Myanmar military’s annual fund-raising ceremony for at least the first year of its military government.
In December, a U .
N. panel said Myanmar was “unable to fulfil its obligation to halt” the military’s fundraising, citing an increase in attacks by pro-government militia groups.
The panel said the fund-raisers are an important element of Myanmar’s reconciliation effort and that the U .
P.T.U.-funded event had been scheduled for the end of November.
The Myanmar government had argued that a halt to the fund raising would “threaten the safety of civilians and the peace and stability of Myanmar” and violate the U-N Security Council’s mandate to monitor and report on human rights violations.
The military has denied the allegations.
The Rohingya have long been accused of being illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, who are denied citizenship rights.
The United States has supported a military government in Myanmar that has pushed through a series of laws that critics say violate their human rights.
Last month, Myanmar’s new parliament adopted a series that critics said would make the country the most authoritarian in Southeast Asia.
It has since been pushed by the military to repeal the constitution, which they say gives the government broad powers.
U.B.C.-educated lawyer and human rights advocate Mulyana Das said she was pleased with the ruling, which came after months of litigation.
“It’s a victory for all of us,” she said.
“We have seen the horrors of war and corruption and mass arrests of our friends and neighbors, and this ruling is the first step toward holding Myanmar accountable.”
Das said her group is still seeking to obtain the UNS’ assets.
The Associated Press writers John Salter in Washington, and Mary Clare Jalonick in New York contributed to this report.