PETER KHALIL MP
MEMBER FOR WILLS
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SPEECH
WEDNESDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2023
Subjects: Iran and Myanmar Sanctions
PETER KHALIL, MEMBER FOR WILLS:
Thank you, Deputy Speaker. For years in this place, I’ve been one of many voices advocating for targeted sanctions on regimes committing egregious human rights abuses. Magnitsky laws were passed in 2021 with bipartisan support, and the Albanese government is putting them to use to impose targeted financial sanctions and travel bans on individuals and entities responsible for human rights abuses in Myanmar and Iran.
The Australian Government announced sanctions on 16 members of the Myanmar military regime’s governing State Administration Council, key individuals directly responsible for the coup 2 years ago. 2 Myanmar military-controlled commercial entities, Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited and Myanmar Economic Corporation, will also be subject to targeted financial sanctions.
Over the past few years, Australia, ASEAN, and international partners have repeatedly called on the Myanmar military junta to restore democracy. Despite these calls, the regime has continued its anti-democratic actions against the people of Myanmar. The military regime has killed thousands of innocent civilians. Estimates are 3000 killed and 17,000 people arbitrarily arrested.
The Australian government is also imposing Magnitsky-style sanctions on 16 Iranian individuals and 1 Iranian entity. This includes senior law enforcement, political and military figures in the IRGC, and the Basij Cooperative Foundation. We’re joining our partners to impose additional targeted sanctions on 4 Iranian individuals who have been involved in the production and supply of drones to Russia. Australia stands with the people of Myanmar, the people of Iran, and the people of Ukraine.