Trump administration slaps sanctions against Burma for the massacre of Rohingya Muslims

Washington — Trump administration on Tuesday has slapped sanctions against Burmese Government for its continuous support toward massacre of Rohingya Muslims, and its failure to stop the human rights violations and abuses happening across the country.

Myanmar military’s Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing, his deputy Soe Win and two brigadier generals Than Oo and Aung Aung, and all of their families are charged under the sanctions, for their involvement in extrajudicial killings of Rohingya Muslims.

“We remain concerned that the Burmese government has taken no actions to hold accountable those responsible for human rights violations and abuses, and there are continued reports of the Burmese military committing human rights violations and abuses throughout the country,”

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on the first day of an international ministerial conference on religious freedom hosted by Pompeo at the State Department, attended by Rohingya representatives.

“With this announcement, the United States is the first government to publicly take action with respect to the most senior leadership of the Burmese military,” added Pompeo.

“We designated these individuals based on credible information of these commanders’ involvement in gross violations of human rights,” he said.—Based on Reuters