Update: March 22, 2022 07:47 STI
Washington [US]March 22 (ANI): The United States has officially determined that the Myanmar military committed genocide and crimes against humanity against ethnic Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State.
“I have determined that members of the Burmese military committed genocide and crimes against humanity against the Rohingya,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a speech at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.
“Only seven times since the Holocaust has the United States concluded that genocide was committed. Today at the Holocaust Museum is the eighth time, as I have determined that members of the Burmese army had committed genocide and crimes against humanity against the Rohingyas,” Blinken said.
Since the coup, security forces have killed at least 1,600 people and detained more than 12,000. More than 500,000 people have been internally displaced, and the junta is deliberately blocking aid to populations in need, as a form of collective punishment.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Rohingya who remained in the country faced even greater movement restrictions and harsher treatment, abuses that constitute crimes against humanity of persecution, apartheid and severe deprivation of liberty.
John Sifton, Asia advocacy director at HRW, said the US government should match its condemnations of the Myanmar military with action. “For too long, the United States and other countries have allowed Myanmar generals to commit atrocities with little real consequence.”
According to HRW, the US government should coordinate long-overdue action with other countries to seek justice, both for the mass crimes committed against the Rohingya and for those committed against other ethnic minorities and pro-Rohingya protesters. democracy since the February 2021 military coup.
The same military leaders responsible for crimes against the Rohingya carried out the February 1, 2021 coup against the country’s elected civilian government. According to the rights group, the junta then systematically attacked those who protested the coup, subjecting them to massacres, torture and arbitrary detention, amounting to crimes against humanity.
The United States and other governments should seek justice for crimes committed by the military against the Rohingya as well as abuses against protesters and ethnic groups, and impose stronger economic measures against military leaders, said HRW. (ANI)