January 18, 2021

Australia imposes sanctions against 5 Burmese soldiers for crisis of Rohingya

Australia imposes sanctions against 5 Burmese soldiers for crisis of Rohingya



The Australian government announced today the imposition of financial sanctions and the prohibition of five Burmese military commanders from entering their country for violations of the human rights of the Rohingya minority.

"The Rohingya crisis is the largest humanitarian crisis in the region, and the recent UN investigative mission determined that war crimes, crimes against humanity, such as genocide, have been recorded in the state of Rakáin." Western Burma (Myanmar), Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said in a statement.

More than 700,000 Rohingans fled to Bangladesh following a Burmese Army offensive that began on August 25, 2017 after an attack by an insurgent group of this minority against some thirty border police posts.

Médecins Sans Frontières estimates that at least 6,700 rohinyas – including 730 children – died as a result of the violence unleashed by the military, while the United Nations brings to 10,000 the number of fatalities.

The soldiers have been accused of committing murders, rapes and burning homes of the Rohingya in what a group of experts of the UN saw evidence of "intentional genocide" and crimes against humanity "perpetrated on a large scale", as reported in a report.

Both the Burmese Army and the Naipyidó Executive, de facto led by Peace Nobel Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, deny any crime of the authorities and blame the "Bengali terrorists", as it calls the insurgent group Rohinyá.

Burma does not recognize the citizenship of the Rohinyas, whom it considers immigrants, and has subjected them for years to all types of discrimination, including restrictions on freedom of movement.

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