The United States on Tuesday announced sanctions against Min Aung Hlaing, the commander in chief of the military in Myanmar, and other military leaders involved in the "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya minority.
The State Department announced that it had taken action against army chief Min Aung Hlaing and three others after finding credible evidence of the violence two years ago that had left around 740,000 Rohingya across the border into Bangladesh.
"With this announcement, the United States is the first government In a statement, Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo said he should publicly take action against the Burmese military's top leadership.
"We continue to be concerned that the Burmese government has taken no action to hold those responsible for human rights violations and abuses to account, and there are other reports from the Burmese military, It has committed human rights violations and violations throughout the country, "he said in a statement.
Deputy Supreme Commander Soe Win, Brig. Gen. Than Oo and Brigadier General Aung Aung and the families of all four officers were also sanctioned.
The Buddhist majority in M yanmar denies the granting of mostly Muslim Rohingya citizenship or fundamental rights and calls them "Bengalis," suggesting that the Rohingya are undocumented immigrants from Bangladesh.
UN investigators say The violence justifies the persecution of top generals for "genocide," and the International Criminal Court has opened a preliminary investigation.
Pompeo reiterated his predecessor's statement from 2017 when he made a statement on religious freedom at an important Foreign Ministry meeting. According to Rex Tillerson, the murders were "ethnic cleansing" without using the term genocide.
The sanctions in particular do not affect the exile of San Suu Kyi, the former political prisoner who has become the de facto civilian ruler of the country.
The Nobel laureate was criticized as "the" for her "indifference" to the military's atrocity against the Rohingya. Sanctions are the most visible sign of US disappointment over Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, since 2011's political reforms in which the military reconciled with Washington and eventually allowed an elected political parliament leadership.  The army chief of Myanmar and Aung San Suu Kyi “/>
Aung San Suu Kyi was criticized for her "indifference" to the atrocities of the military against the Rohingya. [Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters]