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Amnesty International Responds to Tillerson’s Myanmar Meetings

November 15, 2017

Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state arrive near the Khanchon border crossing near the Bangaldeshi town of Teknaf on Septebmer 5, 2017. Nearly 125,000 mostly Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh since a fresh upsurge of violence in Myanmar on August 25, the United Nations said September 5, as fears grow of a humanitarian crisis in the overstretched camps. The UN said 123,600 had crossed the border in the past 11 days from Myanmar's violence-wracked Rakhine state. / AFP PHOTO / K M Asad (Photo credit should read K M ASAD/AFP/Getty Images)
In response to Secretary Tillerson’s meetings with government and military officials in Myanmar, Joanne Lin, national director of advocacy and government relations at Amnesty International USA, issued the following:

“As Rohingya refugees continue to flee violence from the Myanmar security forces and face starvation in Rakhine State, Secretary Tillerson was right to grant additional humanitarian aid and to call for a credible independent probe into human rights abuses against the Rohingya.”

“But the pressure cannot end there. Legislation being considered by Congress would push U.S. leaders to hold General Hlaing and Myanmar military leaders accountable, and must be passed and acted upon. A strong U.S. response combined with decisive action by the international community is what is needed to halt the Myanmar military’s atrocities against the Rohingya people.”