Australia Hits Myanmar Military Officers With Sanctions Over Rohingya Crackdown

Australia on Tuesday imposed travel and financial restrictions on five Myanmar military officers seen as responsible for orchestrating a violent crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in 2017, becoming the latest country to use sanctions to punish commanders for atrocities against the ethnic minority.

The United States, the European Union, and Canada have also imposed targeted sanctions on Myanmar military brass for their role in the brutal campaign during which 720,000 Rohingya fled to neighboring Bangladesh.

“As previously indicated, I have now imposed targeted financial sanctions and travel bans against five Myanmar military officers responsible for human rights violations committed by units under their command,” said Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne in a statement.

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