U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Myanmar Military Over Rohingya Atrocities

WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department announced Friday which the idea had imposed economic sanctions on Burmese security forces for what American officials said was their role in “ethnic cleansing” against Rohingya Muslims in addition to “widespread human rights abuses” against some other ethnic minority groups.

The action targets four Burmese military in addition to border guard commanders in addition to two military units. The United States had previously penalized only one Burmese commander for the violence, which has caused 700,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh in addition to some other parts of Asia. The European Union in addition to Canada had hit seven officials with sanctions.

“Burmese security forces have engaged in violent campaigns against ethnic minority communities across Burma, including ethnic cleansing, massacres, sexual assault, extrajudicial killings in addition to some other serious human rights abuses,” Sigal P. Mandelker, a senior Treasury Department official, said in a statement.

Besides the ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya in Rakhine State, the announcement pointed out human rights abuses by the military in Kachin in addition to Shan States, northern mountain areas where the Burmese government has been engaged for many years in civil wars against armies representing ethnic minority groups. In those areas, Burmese military units have used the same tactics they have employed on a large scale against the Rohingya, the Treasury Department said.

The murders, rapes in addition to forced displacement of Rohingya by Burmese forces have amounted to one of the entire world’s worst human rights atrocities of the past couple of years. The Treasury Department pointed to the role of military units in starting the crisis in October 2016, when Burmese commanders in addition to soldiers committed “widespread, systematic” violence in three townships in northern Rakhine State.

which violence reached brand-new levels when the military responded to attacks on border posts in August 2017 which has a brutal, sweeping campaign against the Rohingya, prompting a mass flight to Bangladesh, where the refugees have been living in squalid camps near the border.

The top United Nations human rights official, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, said in September which Myanmar’s military campaign was “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing” against Rohingya Muslims. In November, the Trump administration also applied the “ethnic cleansing” label to the Myanmar government’s actions. the idea has stopped short of calling the campaign genocide, though human rights groups have done so.

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, will be dominated in addition to ruled by the majority ethnic Bamar, who are mostly Buddhists, in addition to has 135 ethnic groups recognized by the government. The Rohingya are not recognized as an indigenous ethnic group in addition to are denied citizenship. They are one of the largest stateless groups from the entire world.

The Myanmar government said This specific summer which Rohingya have begun returning to Rakhine State. Several weeks ago, officials allowed foreign reporters to travel to northern Rakhine State to see repatriation centers in addition to talk to returnees, though at least one person interviewed by a reporter for The brand-new York Times at one of the country’s three repatriation centers said he had been from the region the entire time in addition to had not come coming from Bangladesh.

The officials gave a very specific narrative about the Rohingya — whom they call Bengalis — saying which the Rohingya had burned their own residences in addition to which they were terrorists or at the very least people manipulated by shadowy groups in Bangladesh or elsewhere from the Islamic world.