Here we go again. In every conflict between Muslims and every country they are agitating against or actively fighting, the assumption is that they are the victims. It is absurd. Why is there no call to investigate allegations of atrocities committed by the Rohingya Muslims against the Burmese?
For years, I have been documenting the atrocities perpetrated by Muslims against the Buddhists in Myanmar.
Standing next to the country’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, Mr. Tillerson spoke forcefully about “credible reports of widespread atrocities committed by [Burma’s] security forces” against the Rohingya ethnic minority. He said the campaign, which has driven more than 600,000 people across the border to Bangladesh, “has a number of characteristics of certainly crimes against humanity.”
Mr. Tillerson repeatedly called for a “credible” and “independent” investigation, said that those guilty of abuses should be held accountable, and indicated that U.S. sanctions against involved individuals would be appropriate. He also called on the government to allow the voluntary return of the Rohingya and provide them with “a transparent and fully voluntary path to citizenship,” which most lack. “Myanmar’s response to this crisis,” he said, using the name for the country favored by the regime, “is critical to determining the success of its transition to a more democratic society.”
Secretary Tillerson Signals Shift In U.S. Policy Toward Burma
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson just concluded a visit to Burma where he called upon the government to investigate allegations of atrocities committed by the Burmese military against the Rohingya.
Close to 600,000 Burmese Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh after the military retaliated for attacks on its security outposts on August 25. The UN calls the retaliation a textbook case of ethnic cleansing.
Tillerson also urged Burma to implement the recommendations made by the Kofi Annan Commission. The commission laid out a number of steps to facilitate reconciliation between Burma’s Muslim minority Rohingya and its Buddhist majority.
The Secretary paired these calls with the announcement that the U.S. will increase humanitarian assistance by an additional $47 million. This is the second increase in assistance announced since the crisis began. U.S. aid to alleviate the crisis will now total more than $150 million for 2017.
Tillerson’s Burma visit came on the heels of President Trump’s 12-day tour through Asia. The presidential trip reaffirmed longstanding alliance relationships and clearly signaled that the administration views Asia as critical to U.S. security.
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