US imposes sanctions on Myanmar military over “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya

The US imposed sanction on four Myanmar military and police commanders and two army unit on Friday for “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya Muslims and human rights abuses.

The measures, announced by the US Treasury Department, are the toughest US response so far to the attacks on the Rohingya people.

Since last year more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled into neighbouring Bangladesh, with thousands more dead.

The new sanctions stop short of targeting the highest levels of the Myanmar military or calling the attacks crimes against humanity or genocide.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is preparing to release the results of a US investigation into the alleged atrocities against the Rohingya in Rakhine state.

“Burmese security forces have engaged in violent campaigns against ethnic minority communities across Burma, including ethnic cleansing, massacres, sexual assault, extrajudicial killings, and other serious human rights abuses,” said Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Sigal Mandelker, using the alternative name for Myanmar.

“Treasury is sanctioning units and leaders overseeing this horrific behaviour as part of a broader U.S. government strategy to hold accountable those responsible for such wide-scale human suffering.”


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