The United States is now withdrawing its military assistance from Myanmar units for the country’s treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority.The state department said it had also dropped travel waivers for Myanmar military officials and was considering economic sanctions.
Almost a million Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh, Bangladesh’s envoy to the UN says. Myanmar’s military says it is fighting strongly against the militants and is doing the best to save the civilians.
“It is imperative that any individuals or entities responsible for atrocities be held accountable,” the US state department said.
“We express our gravest concern with recent events in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and the violent, traumatic abuses Rohingya and other communities have endured.”
Rex Tillerson, US Secretary of State said last week that his country is “extraordinarily concerned” by the situation in Myanmar and held the leadership “accountable” for its crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority.
“The world can’t just stand idly by and be witness to the atrocities that are being reported in the area,” he said during an address at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think-tank in Washington.
According to the United Nations, the perceived atrocities on Rohingyas Muslim is a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.
More than 600,000 refugees have crossed the border from Myanmar since late August, Bangladesh’s UN ambassador said, joining the 300,000 or so which had fled earlier outbreaks of violence.
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