Myanmar operation against Rohingya has
'hallmarks of ethnic cleansing', U.S. Congress members say
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[November 21, 2017]
YANGON (Reuters) - Members of U.S.
Congress said on Tuesday they were disturbed by the harsh response of
Myanmar's security forces to attacks by militants in August which they
said bore "all the hallmarks of ethnic cleansing" against the Rohingya
“We are profoundly disturbed by the violent and disproportionate
response against the Rohingya by the military and local groups,”
Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley told reporters in Yangon at the end of a
visit to Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Merkley, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led the
five-strong congressional delegation, which over the last few days met
with people affected by the military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims which
has forced more than 600,000 people to flee to Bangladesh.
Rohingya refugees carry supplies at Kutupalong refugee camp, near
Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, November 20, 2017. REUTERS/Susana Vera
In early November, U.S. lawmakers proposed targeted sanctions and travel
restrictions on Myanmar military officials over the treatment of the
(Reporting by Antoni Slodkowski; writing by Simon Lewis)
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