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US imposes sanctions on top Tatmadaw officials

17 July 2019
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The United States has imposed sanctions on the commander-in-chief of the Myanmar Armed Forces (Tatmadaw), his deputy, and two other senior Tatmadaw officers for what Washington described as their involvement in a campaign of atrocities and "ethnic cleansing" against Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority in northern Rakhine state.

The US Department of State announced on 16 July that it had barred Tatmadaw chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and his deputy, army commander Vice Senior General Soe Win, from entering the United States - a move that marks a significant escalation in the international accountability drive for the Tatmadaw's "clearance operations" that resulted in over 6,000 civilians being massacred in "extrajudicial killings", according to conservative estimates, and drove about 730,000 Rohingya into neighbouring Bangladesh.

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