Admin l Tuesday, October 24, 2017
WASHINGTON – The United States has imposed strict sanctions on authority in Burma including military officials based on recent events in Rakhine State and the violent, traumatic abuses, Rohingya and other communities have endured.
In a statement, spokesman, Department of State, Heather Nauert said it is imperative that any individuals or entities responsible for atrocities, including non-state actors and vigilantes, be held accountable.
“Accordingly, in addition to existing restrictions on our already-limited engagement with Burma’s armed forces and our long-standing embargo on all military sales, the United States is taking the following actions in pursuit of accountability and an end to violence:
“Since August 25, we have ceased consideration of JADE Act travel waivers for current and former senior leadership of the Burmese military; We are assessing authorities under the JADE Act to consider economic options available to target individuals associated with atrocities;Pursuant to the Leahy Law, we find all units and officers involved in operations in northern Rakhine State to be ineligible to receive or participate in any U.S. assistance programs; We have rescinded invitations for senior Burmese security forces to attend U.S.-sponsored events”, he said.
He said the U.S is working with international partners to urge that Burma enables unhindered access to relevant areas for the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission, international humanitarian organizations, and media.
“We are consulting with allies and partners on accountability options at the UN, the UN Human Rights Council, and other appropriate venues; and we are exploring accountability mechanisms available under U.S. law, including Global Magnitsky targeted sanctions”, he said.
He said the U.S will continue to support Burma’s transition to democracy, as well as efforts to resolve the current crisis in Rakhine State but that the Government of Burma, including its armed forces, must take immediate action to ensure peace and security; implement commitments to ensure humanitarian access to communities in desperate need; facilitate the safe and voluntary return of those who have fled or been displaced in Rakhine State; and address the root causes of systematic discrimination against the Rohingya by implementing the Rakhine Advisory Commission’s recommendations, which includes providing a credible path to citizenship.