6th October (WNN) — A group of bipartisan lawmakers has introduced legislation to punish those responsible for the Myanmar military junta’s February coup and subsequent crackdown on civilians.
Representatives Gregory Meeks, D.Y., with Sens. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, and Benjamin Cardin, D-MD, to call on the United States to do more, Burma through the harsher Military Accountability Act of 2021 Integrated unveiled. To support the fight of the people of Myanmar for democracy.
Burma is the old name of the Southeast Asian nation.
“As the death toll continues to rise, the United States should not be indifferent to the fate of Burma,” Cardin said in a statement. “The purpose of our bicameral law is to hold military leaders and others who have devastated this country and committed crimes against humanity.”
Myanmar’s military, led by Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hling, carried out a coup in early February and arrested several of the country’s elected politicians, including its civilian leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who led protests across the country. Exhibited.
Since the coup, the military has met resistance with bloody crackdowns, resulting in the deaths of 1,158 people and the arrest of more than 7,000, according to figures from Myanmar’s Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.
Tom Andrews, the UN special envoy on the human rights situation in Myanmar, said a month after the coup that the military junta was committing crimes against humanity.
The United States, along with other allies, such as the European Union and Canada, have imposed sanctions against military leaders and companies that may fund the junta to little effect.
The law unveiled on Tuesday would authorize sanctions on those who facilitated the coup and are responsible for subsequent actions, prohibit imports of precious and semi-precious stones from Myanmar to the United States and from Washington to the United Nations. But call for pressure to take more. Decisive action against the military junta.
It will also create a new Special Coordinator position for Myanmar Democracy within the State Department to promote an international effort to impose multilateral sanctions against Myanmar.
“It has been eight months since Burma’s military reversed its illegal and illegitimate coup, years of reform and Burma’s delicate transition to democracy,” Meeks, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement. “Despite diplomatic pressure from the United States and the international community, the Burmese military has refused to stop its violence, release unjustly detained people, or participate in meaningful dialogue with local stakeholders.”
The bill was unveiled after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an “immediate” international response to prevent further violence in Myanmar.
“The risk of large-scale armed conflict requires a collective approach to avert a multi-pronged catastrophe in Southeast Asia and beyond,” he said late last month.