U.S. Secretary Of State Tillerson To Visit Myanmar Under Pressure To Sanction Nation’s Military For Persecution Of Rohingya Muslims

New York Times: Rohingya of Myanmar Learn That ‘Never Again’ Doesn’t Always Apply
“If Myanmar presented a test of the world’s pledge to stop atrocities and protect civilians, then it is difficult to recall a clearer failure. The country’s military has expelled hundreds of thousands of Rohingya, a minority group, in full view of the world. The violence was preceded by months of warning signs. Myanmar, a poor country with few allies, proceeds largely unimpeded. … Sovereignty often prevails. The idea that states have the right to act within their borders and protect their interests dates back centuries. It is in many ways the core principle around which the international system is built…” (Fisher/Moe, 11/13).

POLITICO: Tillerson confronts human rights nightmare in Myanmar
“Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Myanmar on Wednesday amid growing pleas for the Trump administration — which has been harshly criticized for downplaying human rights issues — to more forcefully intervene in what some observers call an anti-Muslim genocide there. U.S. lawmakers and activists are urging Tillerson to sanction Myanmar’s military if it doesn’t stop what a top United Nations official has called ‘a textbook example of ethnic cleansing’ against the Rohingya Muslim minority…” (Toosi, 11/14).

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