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U.S. declares Myanmar’s mass killing ‘genocide’


The US has declared Myanmar’s mass killing of the Rohingya Muslim population “genocide”. The Secretary of State, Antony Blinken pointed to multiple parallels between the Myanmar military’s campaign to wipe out the Rohingya and the Holocaust, the slaughter of Rwandan Tutsi and other genocides. The designatio­n will not bring substantia­l new economic measures against Myanmar’s military-led government. However, the U.S. will contribute nearly $1m in additional funding to the Genocide Convention for Myanmar. More than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled from Buddhist-majority Myanmar to refugee camps in Bangladesh since October 2016.

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