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US slaps sanctions on top Myanmar military generals over human rights abuse

US slaps sanctions on top Myanmar military generals over human rights abuse

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Jul 17, 2019 - 16:16

 KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The United States has hit four top Myanmar generals, including the country's commander in chief and his deputy, with sanctions over the mass killings of Rohingya Muslims, a media report said on Wednesday.

The four men are: Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing, his deputy Soe Win, and two subordinates deemed responsible for the abuses, according to dawn.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Tuesday that the four are responsible for “gross human rights violations” involving extrajudicial killings in an ethnic cleansing campaign against the Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state.

The sanctions bar those targeted and their immediate families from traveling to the US.

Myanmar's military has been accused of widespread rights violations leading about 700,000 Rohingya to flee the country since August 2017. Critics have urged that its actions be judged by the International Criminal Court.

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