On 31 October 2014, the US Treasury Department announced that Aung Thaung, a senior official of the Burmese government and a member of the country’s ruling party, has been designated for blocking sanctions pursuant to E.O. 13448. That executive order authorises the imposition of sanctions on, among others, senior officials of the Government of Burma who have participated in human rights abuses related to political oppression in Burma. The Treasury Department, in its announcement, states that Mr Thaung is actively attempting to undermine recent economic and political reforms in Burma and is thereby perpetrating violence, oppression and corruption.

Treasury Department Press Release