Trump Administration Should ‘Explicitly Back’ U.N. Investigation Of Myanmar’s Treatment Of Rohingya
Washington Post: Tillerson is right to call for justice for the Rohingya. He’s naive to think Burma will deliver.
“Secretary of State Rex Tillerson too often has shown a disregard for human rights issues, especially in his public diplomacy. So his news conference in Burma on Wednesday was a welcome departure. … Mr. Tillerson is understandably seeking to preserve the U.S. relationship with Aung San Suu Kyi [by saying the independent investigation he called for should be led by ‘Myanmar’s civilian government.’] … The alternative could be a regime that would reverse the democratic opening and ally itself with China. But critics’ skepticism is well founded: It is highly doubtful that Aung San Suu Kyi’s government will or can carry out the credible investigation the United States, along with much of the rest of the world, asks for. In the absence of prompt action to create conditions for the voluntary return of the Rohingya and for steps to identify and hold accountable those responsible for atrocities, the Trump administration should proceed with sanctions against senior military leaders, support an international embargo on arms sales, and explicitly back the U.N. investigation” (11/17).