US for more global action over Rohingya crisis

MNA Exclusive Desk: The United States has indicated more action from the international community over Rohingya crisis and other areas of concerns in Myanmar in the coming days terming the situation ‘dire’.

“Secretary (former) Tillerson had announced the finding of ethnic cleansing, and I believe it’s ethnic cleansing of a religious minority that’s taking place,” said Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback.

Recalling his visit to several refugee camps in Bangladesh about a month ago, Ambassador Brownback said, “The situation is dire. We must do more to help them, as they continue to be targeted for their faith.”

The US envoy for international religious freedom made the remark at a special briefing on the release of the 2017 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom on Wednesday in Washington.

He said he had asked for access into Myanmar and to meet Aung San Suu Kyi or – and to go into northern Rakhine State, where the problems have been most acute, although there is plenty of problems in various places in Myanmar.

“And I was denied those accesses. So, they might have let me in, but they weren’t allowing me to have the meetings or access to the places I needed to go,” he said.

The Ambassador said he does not think people have seen progress taking place there in Myanmar, reported news agency.


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