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U.S. declares attacks on Burmese Rohingya Muslims as ‘ethnic cleansing’ (Washingtonpost)

U.S. declares attacks on Burmese Rohingya Muslims as ‘ethnic cleansing’ (Washingtonpost)

The United States sharply escalated its pressure on Burma officials on Wednesday over widening attacks on the country’s Muslim minority, describing the violence and massive refu­gee flight as “ethnic cleansing” against the Rohingya Muslims.

The statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson could signal a greater push by the Trump administration to impose wider sanctions against Burmese authorities and others blamed for the humanitarian crisis.

More than 600,000 Rohingya from Myanmar’s Rakhine State have fled to neighboring Bangladesh, creating one of the world’s most dire refu­gee dilemmas. Read more

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