The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on Myanmar military leaders, including the commander-in-chieffor alleged human rights abuses against the Rohigya and other minorities. This is the toughest action taken by the US for the alleged human rights violations.
The sanctions targeted to military chief, Min Aung Hlaing, Min Aung Hlaing’s deputy, Soe Win, and two subordinates who headed the elite army divisions that spearheaded the crackdown on the Rohingya, implemented under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.
The sanctions freeze any US assets held by those targeted and prohibits Americans from doing business with them.
In 2017, a Myanmar military crackdown compelled more than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims to take asylum in neighboring country Bangladesh. As per the investigations by UN, human rights violated acts such as mass killing, gang rapes and widespread arson were executed with 'genocide intent'. Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, however, denied the allegation of widespread abuse and argued that the military’s actions were part of a fight against terrorism.
The US Treasury Department said in a statement on Tuesday Burmese military forces had committed “serious human rights abuse” under Min Aung Hlaing’s command.
“During this time, members of ethnic minority groups were killed or injured by gunshot, often while fleeing, or by soldiers using large-bladed weapons; others were burned to death in their own houses,” the statement said.
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