WASHING DC– The US expresses grave concern over the “violent, traumatic abuses Rohingya and other other communities have endured” in Rakhine state, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.
“It is imperative that any individuals or entities responsible for atrocities, including non-state actors and vigilantes, be held accountable,” Nauert added.
Members of Myanmar’s military involved in operations in northern Rakhine state will no longer be eligible for US assistance programs and senior security force members have been uninvited for US-sponsored events.
The State Department said the US was considering further “accountability options” at the UN and the UN Human Rights Council and also “exploring accountability mechanisms available under US law including Global Magnitsky targeted sanctions.”
The Global Magnitsky Act, named after Russian anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died in prison in 2009, was originally intended to target Russian officials linked to his death but could be used to impose asset freezes on senior members of Myanmar’s military.
In late August, Myanmar security forces launched an operation against attacks by Rohingya militants in Rakhine.
UN human rights investigators have concluded that the burning of villages, persecution of community leaders as well as killings and rapes amount to a systematic effort to drive the Rohingyas out.
Some 600,000 Rohingya fled to neighbouring Bangladesh to escape the violence.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK