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US weighs sanctions against Myanmar's treatment of Rohingyas

US State Department said Washington may use human rights law to target those invovled in violence, which triggered a massive exodus and humanitarian crisis

ANI  |  Washington 

Rohingya Muslims,carry their children and belongings after they were allowed to proceed towards a refugee camp, at Palong Khali, Bangladesh. Photo: AP | PTI
Rohingya Muslims,carry their children and belongings after they were allowed to proceed towards a refugee camp, at Palong Khali, Bangladesh. Photo: AP | PTI

The United States is considering sanctions against Myanmar for its treatment of the in restive state.

In a statement, the State Department said that may use a to target those involved in the violence, which triggered a massive exodus and

"We are exploring accountability mechanisms available under law, including Global Magnitsky targeted sanctions," said State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert in a statement on Monday.

The Act gives the President the right to block or revoke the visas or impose property sanctions on them.

"It is imperative that any individuals or entities responsible for atrocities, including non-state actors and vigilantes, be held accountable," the statement further said.

The has also announced that it will withdraw assistance to Myanmar officers and units operating in the northern region of Myanmar.

Since August 25, Myanmar's powerful army has launched a campaign against the Rohingya.

According to various reports, Myanmar leader has described operations as a 'operation.'

More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled the country to walk by foot or sail in rickety boats to arrive in neighbouring Bangladesh.

Last week, Secretary of State, said the holds Myanmar's leadership "accountable" for the Rohingya refugee crisis.

First Published: Tue, October 24 2017. 16:10 IST
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