Australia sanctions five Burmese military officials

Oct 23, 2018, 6:32 AM EDT
Brutal crackdown by Myanmar military in 2016 sparked mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Rakhine state.
(Source: Junel Faruky/flickr)

Australia on Tuesday imposed sanctions on five officers in Myanmar’s military over their role in a brutal offensive that has forced nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims out of their homes in Rakhine state since 2016.

Under the move, which comes on the heels of similar action by the U.S. and the European Union, the Australian government would freeze the assets of the officers, who allegedly oversaw the operations that perpetrated atrocities, including mass killings and gang rapes, against the ethnic minority group with “genocidal intent,” notes South China Morning Post.

A recent U.N. report had called out Myanmar’s top military brass for its barbaric acts of violence against Rohingyas, demanding that the culprits be brought to the books under international law, reports Reuters.