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US says Myanmar repression of Muslim Rohingya is genocide

US says Myanmar repression of Muslim Rohingya is genocide

WASHINGTON (AP) — Violent repression of the mostly Muslim Rohingya inhabitants inside Myanmar amounts to genocide, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday, a declaration intended to both cause international pressure with every one other accompanied by lay the groundwork for potential legal action.

Authorities made the resolution based on confirmed accounts of pile atrocities on civilians by Myanmar's military inside a widespread with every one other accompanied by systematic military operation opposed to the ethnic minority, Blinken said inside a speech at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

It is the eighth hour dated since the Holocaust that the U.S. has concluded a genocide has occurred. The secretary of condition noted the importance of calling observation to inhumanity flat while horrific attacks occur somewhere else inside the world, including Ukraine.

"Yes, we stand accompanied by the people of Ukraine," he said. "And we must too stand accompanied by people who are suffering atrocities inside other places."

The management of Myanmar, too known while Burma, is by that hour dated under multiple layers of U.S. sanctions since a military coup ousted the democratically elected management inside February 2021. Thousands of civilians all over the country have been killed with every one other accompanied by imprisoned while small portion of ongoing repression of anyone opposed to the ruling junta.

The resolution that a genocide has occurred could lead other nations to grow pressure on the government, which is by that hour dated facing accusations of genocide at the International Court of Justice inside The Hague.

"As we lay the footing for future accountability, we're too employed to place an extremity to the military's ongoing atrocities, with every one other accompanied by support the people of Burma while they strive to place the country spine on the footpath to democracy," Blinken said.

More than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled from Buddhist-majority Myanmar to displaced person camps inside Bangladesh since August 2017, when Myanmar's military launched an operation aimed at clearing them from the country following attacks by a rebel group.

The status of the plight of the Rohingya had been under extended analysis by U.S. management legal experts since the Trump administration, specified potential legal ramifications of such a finding. The delay inside the resolution had drawn censure from both inside with every one other accompanied by external outside the government, which has been accused into and not here of successive administrations of actuality excessively slow inside making such decisions on this with every one other accompanied by inside other cases, most notable inside Sudan's Darfur neighbourhood inside the early 2000s.

Human rights groups with every one other accompanied by members of Congress welcomed the announcement in malice of the delay inside a resolution that has by that hour dated been made by other countries, including Canada, France with every one other accompanied by Turkey.

"The U.S. resolution of the crime of genocide opposed to us is a momentous little while with every one other accompanied by must lead to solid deed to clasp the Burmese military accountable for their crimes," said Tun Khin, president of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK.

Human Rights Watch said the U.S. with every one other accompanied by other governments should seek justice for crimes carried not here by the military with every one other accompanied by impose stronger sanctions opposed to its leadership.

"The U.S. management should set of two its condemnations of Myanmar's military accompanied by action," said John Sifton, the group's Asia advocacy director. "For excessively long, the U.S. with every one other accompanied by other countries have allowed Myanmar's generals to commit atrocities accompanied by few real consequences."

A 2018 State Department report documented instances of Myanmar's military razing villages with every one other accompanied by carrying not here rapes, tortures with every one other accompanied by pile killings of civilians since at least 2016. Blinken said proof showed the violence wasn't isolated, nevertheless small portion of a systematic program that amounts to crimes opposed to humanity.

"The proof too points to a understandable intent behind these pile atrocities, the intent to demolish Rohingya, inside whole or inside part, into and not here of killings, rape, with every one other accompanied by torture," he said.

Previous determinations of genocide by the U.S. include campaigns opposed to Uyghurs with every one other accompanied by other mostly Muslim minorities inside China while well while inside Bosnia, Rwanda, Iraq with every one other accompanied by Darfur.

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Associated Press author Matthew Lee contributed.

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