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US imposes sanctions on Myanmar on Human Rights Day

The United States has agreed to impose sanctions on senior commanders of the Myanmar military who are accused of overseeing mass human rights abuses against the Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State.

This decision to impose sanctions follows Aung San Suu Kyi appearance at the International Criminal Court tribunal where she contested charges of genocide against the Rohingya people. 

Myanmar’s military is accused of grotesques violations surrounding a brutal military crackdown in  2017. This includes forced exile of thousands of Rohingya, systematic mass rape, torture and arson, as well as summary executions. This violence led to over 700,000 Rohingya to seek asylum in neighbouring Bangladesh.

In a press release, Human Rights Watch reports that;

“There is a still a long way to go before the victims of the Myanmar’s military can obtain justice. But today there were some important steps forward”.

Read more here.