The United States has imposed sanctions against the country’s Army chief, Min Aung Hlaing, for carrying out extrajudicial killings against minority Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. As a result of this ban, he and his family members can not visit the United States. Similar restrictions have been imposed against three other Burmese Army officials for the Rohingya genocide.
On Tuesday, the United States declared a ban against the top four military officials of the Myanmar Army. The other three officers are Min Aung Hlaing’s deputy Soe Win, Brigadier-General Than Oo, and Aung Aung.
In a statement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “We remain concerned that the Burmese government has taken no actions to hold accountable those responsible for human rights violations and abuses, and there are continued reports of the Burmese military committing human rights violations and abuses throughout the country.”
In the year 2017, the Myanmar Army arrested several soldiers in a village named Inn Din for the incident of Rohingya massacre. Recently, Army Chief Min Aung Hlaing has ordered the release of one of the arrested soldiers.
The US Secretary of State described this phenomenon as an example for the Myanmar Army is not taking measures against the responsible people. Pompeo said that “the Army chief released the criminals after only one month of captivity. But at that time, two journalists had to spend more than 500 days in jail for reporting the massacre of the people to the world.”
In the year 2017, two Reuters Representatives Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe first published the news of the massacre of the Rohingya which took place in Inn Din village. After publishing this news, they have been jailed for more than 16 months by alleging a violation of state privacy law. The two Reuters representatives were released on May 6.
On August 25, 2017, more than seven lakh 30 thousand Rohingyas escaped to Bangladesh for Myanmar Army’s clearance operation. The United Nations identified Myanmar army’s raid in Rakhine as a textual example of racial discrimination. But Myanmar has repeatedly denied allegations of human rights violations against Rohingyas.
In December of that year, the United States banned the Myanmar Army for the strong raid against Rakhine Rohingyas. Under the ban of the country’s Western Region commander-in-chief, Major General Mong Mong Soe was included. The country’s Army withdrew him from Rakhine at the end of the year.