UN report: Myanmar military imports at least $1 bil. worth of arms since coup

A United Nations report says Myanmar's military has imported at least 1 billion dollars' worth of arms and raw materials to manufacture weapons since its 2021 coup.

The UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Thomas Andrews, released the report on Wednesday at the UN headquarters in New York.

The report says Myanmar's ruling military has had transactions with companies and networks in Russia, China, Singapore, India and Thailand.

It says that in Russia, China and India, state-owned entities were involved.

The report covers transactions made between the February 2021 coup and December last year.

Andrews told reporters that the military has used those imported weapons to attack people in Myanmar.

He called those involved in the trade "international arms networks that enable human rights violations in Myanmar."

Andrews asked UN member states to enforce a complete ban on the sale of weapons to the Myanmar junta.

He also called for coordinated sanctions on arms dealers and foreign currency sources to ensure the military will be unable to buy weapons or jet fuel.