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Australia considering targeted sanctions against Myanmar

  • Published at 01:30 pm September 19th, 2018
Aerial view of a burned Rohingya village near Maungdaw, north of Rakhine state, Myanmar on September 27, 2017
Aerial view of a burned Rohingya village near Maungdaw, north of Rakhine state, Myanmar on September 27, 2017 Reuters

Australia’s government finds there is sufficient evidence to warrant the prosecution of genocide perpetrated against the Rohingya

The Australian government has condemned the atrocities committed in Myanmar’s Rakhine, Shan, and Kachin states, as detailed in the full report by the UN’s Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar.

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne released a statement saying that the Australian government is considering options to respond to the Fact-Finding Mission’s report—including targeted sanctions.

In line with the Mission’s recommendation, the statement read that Australia will support new international efforts for accountability and justice in Myanmar— including at the Human Rights Council, of which Australia is a member..

The Mission’s preliminary report, released on August 27, documents in detail serious violations of human rights and of international humanitarian law, committed primarily by Myanmar’s military, against ethnic minorities.

In the case of Rakhine State, the Mission concluded that crimes against humanity and war crimes occurred, and there is sufficient evidence to warrant an investigation and the prosecution of genocide perpetrated against the Rohingya, the statement read.

Australia will continue to support efforts to achieve democracy, national peace, and reconciliation for the benefit of all of the people in Myanmar, the statement concluded.

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