Boy­cott busi­ness with Myan­mar’s army: UN

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A UN fact-find­ing mis­sion urged on Tues­day that coun­tries cut off all busi­ness with Myan­mar’s mil­i­tary as part of ef­forts to hold the army ac­count­able for hu­man rights abuses.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors work­ing un­der a man­date from the UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil said there has been no progress to­ward re­solv­ing the cri­sis over Myan­mar’s Ro­hingya mi­nor­ity, more than a mil­lion of whom have fled mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions in Rakhine.

“The sit­u­a­tion is at a to­tal stand­still,” said Marzuki Darus­man, chair­man of the UN mis­sion on Myan­mar. Au­thor­i­ties have razed Ro­hingya vil­lages and mem­bers of the mi­nor­ity re­main­ing in the coun­try live in dis­place­ment camps.

“Due to the grav­ity of the past and con­tin­u­ing vi­o­la­tions, at­ten­tion must be given to the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial ties of the Myan­mar mil­i­tary - to iden­tify who and what should be tar­geted so we can cut off the money sup­ply as a means of in­creas­ing the pres­sure and re­duc­ing the vi­o­lence,” Christo­pher Si­doti, a mem­ber of the mis­sion, said.

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