Biden Administration Ascertains Myanmar Military Committed Genocide

The Biden administration has now formally recognized that Myanmar’s military committed various atrocities against the Rohingya in 2017, including genocide and crimes against humanity.

Amidst Myanmar’s long history of political unrest, in 2017 millions of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority were forced to flee Myanmar when the military committed acts of violence including but not limited to mass killings and rape.

The State Department had finally sanctioned commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing as well as several other Myanmar military officials for their complicit roles in the human rights violations against the Rohingya minority.

In 2018, the State Department quietly recognized that the violations against the Rohingya people were “extreme, large-scale, widespread, and seemingly geared toward both terrorizing the population and driving out the Rohingya residents.”

In a statement Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley released a statement about it and said “I applaud the Biden administration for finally recognizing the atrocities committed against the Rohingya as genocide. While this determination is long overdue, it is nevertheless a powerful and critically important step in holding this brutal regime to account.”

On Monday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will publicly announce the decision, which has been sought by human rights groups for years, at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.


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