US asks Myanmar to ensure safe return of Rohingyas

US asks Myanmar to ensure safe return of Rohingyas

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Dhaka, Oct 24 – The United States has asked the Myanmar government to facilitate the safe and voluntary return of all Rohingyas from Bangladesh who fled or been have displaced in Rakhine State.It also urged to address the root causes of systematic discrimination against the Rohingya by implementing the Rakhine Advisory Commission’s recommendations, which includes providing a credible path to citizenship.
“We are ready to support these efforts,” said US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert in a statement on Monday, according to a message received in Dhaka.
The government of Myanmar, including its armed forces, must take immediate action to ensure peace and security; implement commitments to ensure humanitarian access to communities in desperate need, Nauert said.
“We will continue to support Burma’s transition to democracy, as well as efforts to resolve the current crisis in Rakhine State,” said the Spokesperson.
The US said Myanmar in recent years has emerged from a half-century of authoritarian rule and undertaken a significant transition to an open, democratic society.
The US administration supports this transition and the elected civilian government as important means to achieve peace, stability, and prosperity in the interests of all peoples of Burma and the US-Burma partnership.
“At the same time, we express our gravest concern with recent events in Rakhine State and the violent, traumatic abuses Rohingya and other communities have endured,” said the Spokesperson.
It is imperative that any individuals or entities responsible for atrocities, including non-state actors and vigilantes, be held accountable, said the US official.
“Accordingly, in addition to existing restrictions on our already-limited engagement with Burma’s armed forces and our long-standing embargo on all military sales, the United States is taking the following actions in pursuit of accountability and an end to violence:
Since August 25, the US has ceased consideration of JADE Act travel waivers for current and former senior leadership of the Burmese military.
“We are assessing authorities under the JADE Act to consider economic options available to target individuals associated with atrocities,” said the Spokesperson.
Pursuant to the Leahy Law, they find all units and officers involved in operations in northern Rakhine State to be ineligible to receive or participate in any US assistance programmes.
“We have rescinded invitations for senior Burmese security forces to attend US-sponsored events. We are working with international partners to urge that Burma enables unhindered access to relevant areas of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission, international humanitarian organisations, and media,” said the Spokesperson.
The US is consulting with allies and partners on accountability options at the UN, the UN Human Rights Council, and other appropriate venues.
“We are exploring accountability mechanisms available under US law, including Global Magnitsky, targeted sanctions,” said the US State Department Spokesperson.

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