America on Tuesday stiffened sanctions in opposition to Myanmar’s military chief over the mass killings of Rohingya, as his nation defended itself in opposition to genocide prices earlier than the highest UN courtroom.
America in July banned navy chief Min Aung Hlaing from visiting, however Tuesday’s transfer goes additional by freezing any US property and criminalizing monetary transactions with him by anybody in the US.
The Treasury Division imposed the identical sanctions on three different senior Myanmar commanders, in addition to 14 people from different international locations, to watch Worldwide Human Rights Day.
“America won’t tolerate torture, kidnapping, sexual violence, homicide or brutality in opposition to harmless civilians,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin mentioned in an announcement.
“America is the world chief in combatting human rights abuse and we are going to maintain perpetrators and enablers accountable wherever they function.”
Myanmar’s navy is accused of main a brutal marketing campaign in 2017 in Rakhine state in opposition to the Rohingya, a principally Muslim minority whom the Buddhist-dominated nation doesn’t contemplate residents.
Round 740,000 Rohingya fled to neighboring Bangladesh after a bloody crackdown by the Myanmar navy in 2017 that UN investigators have already described as genocide.
America mentioned there have been “credible reviews” of mass-scale rape and different sexual violence by troopers below the command of Min Aung Hlaing.
The most recent US motion got here as Myanmar defends itself earlier than the Worldwide Courtroom of Justice in The Hague over prices it violated the 1948 genocide conference.
Myanmar’s civilian chief Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner whose reticence on the Rohingya killings has severely tarnished her as soon as iconic picture within the West, is personally main the protection within the case introduced by Muslim-majority Gambia.
America additionally took motion in opposition to a infamous militia within the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Allied Democratic Forces, which is accused of massacring civilians in an obvious bid to cease them from becoming a member of the navy.
The Treasury Division slapped sanctions on the group’s chief, Musa Baluku, in addition to 5 different individuals accused of supporting the group.
The US additionally imposed sanctions on 5 individuals over abuses in war-torn South Sudan, a Pakistani police superintendent accused of killing individuals in staged encounters, and a militia commander in Libya.
The Treasury Division additionally designated one European — Slovak businessman Marian Kocner, who’s accused of ordering the 2018 homicide of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak, who was probing high-level graft.
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