US condemns ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Myanmar

Rex Tillerson

PV International Desk : US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Myanmar’s military action against the minority Muslim Rohingya population constitutes ethnic cleansing, reports BBC.

He said the Rohingya had suffered “horrendous atrocities” and as a result the US was considering targeted sanctions against those responsible.

In September, UN human rights chief Zeid Raad Al Hussein also accused Myanmar of ethnic cleansing.

Tillerson’s comments come days before a visit to Myanmar by the Pope.

More than 620,000 Rohingyas have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since violence erupted in Rakhine state late in August.

“After a careful and thorough analysis of available facts, it is clear that the situation in northern Rakhine state constitutes ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya,” Tillerson said in a statement.