US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced sanctions against some Myanmar leaders including Myanmar military's Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing over “involvement in gross violations of human rights" against minority Rohingya Muslims, Reuters reported.
On the first day of an international ministerial conference on religious freedom hosted by Pompeo at the State Department, he revealed that the sanctions include Hlaing’s deputy Soe Win and senior commanders Than Oo and Aung Aung.
"We remain concerned that the Burmese government has taken no actions to hold accountable those responsible for human rights violations and abuses, and there are continued reports of the Burmese military committing human rights violations and abuses throughout the country," Pompeo said in a statement.
Pompeo said that Hlaing released the soldiers convicted of extrajudicial killings at the village of Inn Din in 2017, adding that while these “criminals” were released after few months of imprisonment, “the journalists who told the world about the killings in Inn Din were jailed for more than 500 days.”
"With this announcement, the United States is the first government to publicly take action with respect to the most senior leadership of the Burmese military," said Pompeo.
"We designated these individuals based on credible information of these commanders’ involvement in gross violations of human rights," he added.