Washington: The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on four Myanmar military and police commanders and two army units for their involvement in human rights abuses against the country’s Muslims said as Rohingya crackdown, said the US Treasury Department.
Military commanders Aung Kyaw Zaw, Khin Maung Soe, Khin Hlaing, and border police commander Thura San Lwin, in addition to the 33rd and 99th Light Infantry Divisions have been targeted in the sanctions.
The sanctions is marked as the toughest U.S. action so far in response to Myanmar’s crackdown on the Rohingya minority which has left thousands of dead and forced more than 700,000 people into neighbouring Bangladesh.
But the Trump administration did not target the highest levels of the Myanmar military and also stopped the anti-Rohingya campaign crimes against humanity or genocide, which has been the subject of debate within the US government.
“Burmese security forces have engaged in violent campaigns against ethnic minority communities across Burma, including ethnic cleansing, massacres, sexual assault, extrajudicial killings, and other serious human rights abuses,” said Sigal Mandelker, under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Treasury Department.
Mandelker further said that the treasury is sanctioning units and leaders overseeing this horrific behavior as part of a broader US government strategy to hold accountable those responsible for such wide-scale human suffering.