WASHINGTON – The u.s. state Department said Friday that the U.S. is considering further action against those responsible for “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya Muslims, after a Myanmar general, there is a black list and Democratic lawmakers to get more soldiers to rely on sanctions.
Rep. Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said that the authorities of Myanmar were committing genocide in Rakhine State. He said it was “wonderful” that the Trumpet administration has just appointed a person from Myanmar over the bloody repression of which brought an exodus of refugees to Bangladesh.
The United States imposed sanctions on Maung Maung Soe, who until last month was head of the army Myanmar, in the Western command is responsible for the safety of the operations in Rakhine. He was among the 13 people worldwide punished Thursday under the human rights legislation.
Katina Adams, a spokeswoman for the State Department for East Asia, said Friday the U.S. is continuing to consider options under U.S. and international law “to ensure that those responsible for the ethnic cleansing and other atrocities face appropriate consequences.”
The repression has forced 650,000 of the minority of the Muslims to flee from the majority-Buddhist nation, casting a shadow over the transition to democracy after decades of direct military rule. That has soured relations with Washington, which in the last five years was the reduction of the economic sanctions to support Myanmar’s political change.
“With over 6,000 people dead and thousands more raped, beaten and displaced persons, it is clear Maung Maung Soe has not acted alone,” said Rep. Joe Crowley of New York. “The other military officers involved in the ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya should be punished for their role in this genocide. The United States has a moral obligation to act.”
Angel has objected that the legislation to impose targeted sanctions and visa restrictions on those responsible for the repression. He called Friday the sanctions against the Office of Special Operations in the capital, Naypyidaw, including the military commander-in-chief, Min Aung Hlaing; the field commanders of the three divisions under Maung Maung Soe the command in Rakhine State; and the military commanders in northern Kachin and Shan states accused of “flagrant violations of the citizens.”
Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon also supports more sanctions. He said that by blocking a U. N. human rights investigator from the country, the government tried “to cover up and the invisible a campaign of mass atrocities.”
Myanmar denies allegations of human rights violations, saying the security forces have not targeted civilians and respond to attacks by Rohingya militants in August.
The aid organization Doctors Without Borders estimates at least 6,700 Rohingya civilians were killed in the first month of the crackdown.