US lawmakers propose targeted sanctions on Myanmar military officials


The sun sets on the US Capitol building, Washington DC, United States. Photo: Michael Reynolds/EPA

US lawmakers proposed targeted sanctions and travel restrictions on Myanmar military officials on Thursday over the treatment of the country's Rohingya Muslim minority, one of the strongest efforts yet for Washington to intervene in the humanitarian crisis, according to a Reuters report.

The legislation would re-impose some sanctions lifted last year as Myanmar returned to democracy it would also bar the United States from supplying most assistance to the country's military until perpetrators of alleged atrocities against the Rohingya are held accountable.

The measure does not target State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, head of the civilian-led government, who still enjoys strong support among some US officials, the report said.

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