US House Passes Burma Act – Senate Urged to Advance Myanmar Accountability

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Rohingya refugees arrive in Dakhinpara, Bangladesh, on wooden boats in September 2017 after fleeing systematic violence against them by Myanmar’s military. — File photo

Senate Majority Leader McConnell should advance Myanmar accountability, says Amnesty International, USA

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WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, the US House of Representatives passed the BURMA Act, a legislation which would advance efforts to hold senior Myanmar military leaders accountable for crimes against the Rohingya and against other ethnic minorities in Kachin, Rakhine, and Shan States.

The military’s atrocities in Myanmar (Burma) have killed at least thousands and have displaced more than a million people within Myanmar or to neighboring countries.

As the Senate prepares to vote on the BURMA Act, which requires President Trump to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by Myanmar military crimes across the country, including Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, and to pursue justice against responsible Myanmar leaders, Amnesty International USA’s Asia Pacific Advocacy Manger Francisco Bencosme said:

“Over two years have passed since the world witnessed atrocities committed against Rohingya women, men, and children. Yet the US Congress has so far failed to speak with a united voice on the issue. Further inaction by the US sets a terrible precedent for other countries and risks emboldening the Myanmar military to continue committing crimes across the country.”

“Just this year, we have seen more arbitrary arrests, torture, extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances against civilians in Kachin, Rakhine, and Shan States. The time to support justice for ethnic minorities across Myanmar is long overdue,” added Francisco Bencosme.

Amnesty International USA urges Senate Majority Leader McConnell to advance Myanmar accountability and asked the Senate to swiftly and unequivocally stand with the survivors of these heinous acts, which amount to crimes under international law, including crimes against humanity and war crimes, and to advance efforts to end the culture of impunity that permeates the Myanmar military.

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