Europe embargoing arms to Myanmar is no laughing matter. But NGOs such as Amnesty International are accusing India and several EU governments of making a mockery of the ban. New Delhi is considering providing the military regime in Naypyidaw with the Advanced Light Helicopter. The attack vehicle is Indian-manufactured, but with vital components made in Europe.
Some have Belgian rocket launchers, French guns, Italian brake systems, British gear boxes and Swedish self-protection electronics. Eurocopter Germany was its co-developer. The EU has had an arms embargo on Myanmar since 1988, while its ties with India have been warmed by oil and gas interests. The violations of human rights that brought on the EU arms ban continue, including the repression of Myanmar’s democracy movement. Amnesty has asked the EU presidency to initiate serious consultations with India.