Thursday , 19 July 2018

US blacklists Myanmar army general

Sofian Khan

On Thursday, the Trump administration has blacklisted Mayanmar’s Army General for overseeing human rights abuses committed by the secured forces against the minority group, Rohingya.Imposing economical penalty against Maung Maung Soe was the toughest action the US has taken in response to a brutal army action that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has described as “Ethnic Cleansing”In a statement, the Treasury Department said it had examined “credible evidence of Maung Maung Soe’s activities, including allegations against Burmese security forces of extrajudicial killings, sexual violence and arbitrary arrest as well as the widespread burning of villages.”.“Today, the United States is taking a strong stand against human rights abuse and corruption globally by shutting these bad actors out of the US financial system,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T Mnuchin.Myanmar, which does not regard the Rohingya as their citizens, has lashed out at the International Community over the current crisis. It had jailed journalists, blocked access to affected areas in the western state of Rakhine and this week barred a UN human rights investigator from entering the country.“It is the whole military institution that has a policy to persecute these people,” said Nay San Lwin, a Rohingya activist and blogger in Germany. “According to the US’ own definition, the army is carrying out ethnic cleansing. They have a responsibility to protect these people. Sanctions on one person are really not enough.”

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