UN investigators urge countries cut off business with Myanmar’s military
UN fact-finding mission has urged that countries cut off all business with Myanmar's military in order to hold the army accountable for human rights abuse, the Bangkok Post reported citing a statement. The independent investigators, working under a mandate from the UN Human Rights Council, said in a statement that there has been no progress toward resolving the crisis over Myanmar's Muslim minority in Rakhine, more than 1 million of whom have fled military clearance operations, the news agency reported. “The situation is at a total standstill,” Marzuki Darusman, chairman of the Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, was quoted as saying. Myanmar authorities razed deserted villages of the refugees, and members of the minority remaining in the country live in displacement camps and in fear of further military reprisals, according to the Bangkok Post. “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 in the statement.