Rohingya crisis: U.S. calls for trial of Myanmar officials

Sep 29, 2017, 5:57 AM EDT
(Source: European Commission DG ECHO/flickr)
(Source: European Commission DG ECHO/flickr)

In a strongly worded address, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, slammed Myanmar’s military for running a “brutal and sustained” campaign to cleanse the country of Rohingya Muslims as she demanded the trial of army officials behind the sweeping crackdown in Rakhine state.

Although the U.S. intensified pressure on Myanmar and called on other nations to cut off weapons supplies to the Asian state, Haley refrained from threatening to reinstate U.S. sanctions scrapped under the Obama regime, notes Reuters.

Separately, a report by the BBC claimed that the U.N. leadership in Myanmar thwarted the efforts of human rights advocates who sought to investigate and expose the atrocities on Rohingya, a finding that the U.N. agency “strongly disagreed” with.