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Sanctions and justice required for crimes against humanity in Myanmar - HRW

Myanmar’s security forces are committing crimes against humanity against the Rohingya population in Myanmar, said Human Rights Watch in a statement released Monday.

The rights organisation said the military had committed forced deportation, murder, rape and persecution against Rohingya Muslims in the northern Rakhine State.

Human Rights Watch called for the United Nations Security Council and governments to impose targeted sanctions and an arms embargo on the Burmese military to stop further crimes.

The group further called on the council to discuss measures to bring those responsible for crimes against humanity to justice, including through mechanisms such as the International Criminal Court.

“The massacres of villagers and mass arson driving people from their homes are all crimes against humanity,” said policy director at Human Rights Watch., James Ross.

“Attaching a legal label to the ghastly crimes being committed by the Burmese military against Rohingya families may seem inconsequential. But global recognition that crimes against humanity are taking place should stir the UN and concerned governments to action against the Burmese military to bring these crimes to an end,” he added.