UN Mission Urges Cutting Off Financial Ties with Myanmar Army


A United Nations fact-finding mission has urged cutting off all business with Myanmar's military as part of efforts to hold the army accountable for human rights abuses. In a statement on Tuesday, the UN Human Rights Council said there had been no progress toward resolving the crisis over Myanmar's mostly Muslim Rohingya minority, more than one million of whom have fled military "clearance operations" in the northwest Rakhine region. "Due to the gravity of the past and continuing violations, attention must be given to the political, economic and financial ties of the Myanmar military — to identify who and what should be targeted so we can cut off the money supply as a means of increasing the pressure and reducing the violence," Christopher Sidoti, a member of the mission, said in the statement. The mission found that the military committed atrocities against many ethnic groups living within Myanmar, and has also faulted armed ethnic groups for committing human rights abuses.

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