Print Edition - 2017-09-21 | Oped
Squeeze Myanmar’s military
- Economic sanctions the only way to end violence in Rakhine
Sep 21, 2017-
The Myanmar military’s vicious crackdown against the Muslim Rohingya minority in Rakhine State has caused at least 400,000 people to flee to Bangladesh in the past few weeks alone. On Sept. 11, the United Nations human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, accused Myanmar of carrying out “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing” against the Rohingya. The person most responsible for the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya is Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the commander in chief. On Monday, the White House issued a statement of concern about “massive displacement and victimization” of people in Rakhine State and called for Myanmar’s authorities to put in place the recommendations of a commission led by a former United Nations secretary general, Kofi Annan, to address the root causes of the Rohingya’s plight. On Tuesday, the European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning the situation and, on Wednesday, the United Nations Security Council called for “immediate steps to end the violence in Rakhine.” These are welcome words, but there is no indication that General Min Aung Hlaing cares a hoot what the world thinks. The only thing that may get his attention are economic sanctions. There is nothing, however, to stop the United States from acting on its own. Senator John McCain’s announcement on Tuesday that he would seek to halt plans to expand military ties with Myanmar is a step in the right direction.
Published: 21-09-2017 08:08