The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly adopted a resolution calling Myanmar’s expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims a “genocide”. The Lower House of Congress also accused the Myanmar military of “crimes against humanity” and called for the immediate release of two Reuters journalists who have been detained for covering the crisis.
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Thursday’s resolution was backed by 394 votes from both parties, with a single Republican opposing.
Members of Congress called on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “determine, based on available evidence, whether the actions by the (Myanmar) military in northern Rakhine state in 2017 constitute crimes against humanity, genocide, or other crimes under international law”. They added that “all those responsible for these crimes against humanity and genocide should be tracked, sanctioned, arrested, prosecuted, and punished under applicable international criminal statutes and conventions”.
In November last year, Mr Pompeo’s predecessor, Mr Rex Tillerson, called the military’s campaign against the Rohingya “ethnic cleansing”.
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