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ICC Note: The US has sanctioned Myanmar for human rights abuses against minorities like Christians and the Rohingya. These economic sanctions are targeted towards Myanmar’s military forces who have been accused of “violent campaigns”. 

8/21/18 Myanmar (WWMThe US government announced on Friday that it had imposed sanctions on Myanmar for “widespread human rights abuses” against Christians, Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities, reports The New York Times.

According to the Treasury Department the abuses against Rohingya Muslims in southwestern Rakhine state, forcing more than 700,000 to seek refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh, amount to “ethnic cleansing”.

Economic sanctions have been placed on several members of Myanmar’s security forces for their role in “violent campaigns against ethnic minority communities across Burma, including ethnic cleansing, massacres, sexual assault, extrajudicial killings and other serious human rights abuses”.

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