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Arms exports from Singapore-based entities to Myanmar junta ‘dropped dramatically’ in past year: UN envoy

Arms exports from Singapore-based entities to Myanmar junta ‘dropped dramatically’ in past year: UN envoy
In the wake of a Singapore government investigation, exports dropped from more than US$110 million to just over US$10 million.

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Arms exports from Singapore-based entities to Myanmar junta ‘dropped dramatically’ in past year: UN envoy

In a recent report, United Nations rights envoy Tom Andrews revealed that the flow of weapons and military supplies from Singapore-based entities to Myanmar has significantly decreased following a government probe. The investigation, which began last year, identified 138 Singapore-based entities involved in the flow of such supplies to Myanmar’s military junta. According to the report, exports from Singapore dropped from over US$110 million to just over US$10 million in the same period the following year. This significant decrease is attributed to a government investigation launched by Singapore in response to the report. In contrast, Thailand has now become the junta’s leading source of supplies, with the transfer of weapons and related materials from Thailand-registered companies doubling from over US$60 million to more than US$120 million. The report also highlighted that international sanctions have significantly reduced the junta’s ability to secure funds and procure weapons. However, it noted that the junta is still adept at evading scrutiny by the international banking system. The report emphasized the need for the international community to work together to impose coordinated sanctions against the junta and stop the flow of weapons into Myanmar.

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