The United States contemplates reimposing sanctions against Myanmar over alleged abuses against the Rohingya people.
U.S. lawmakers proposed sanctions on Friday against Myanmar’s military, in some of the strongest efforts yet by Washington to pressure the southeast Asian nation to end abusive treatment of its Rohing
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- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calls the persecution of Rohingya Muslims by the government of Myanmar an "ethnic cleansing" and announces that the United States will consider targeted sanctions against Myanmar.
- China and Russia veto a United States drafted United Nations Security Council Resolution that would have urged the government of Myanmar to stop human rights abuses and the repression of political opposition.
- Myanmar police fire warning shots at a crowd of Rohingya Muslims after arresting two human smugglers at a camp for displaced persons near Sittwe, Rakhine State. Four people are injured directly by the gunfire, prompting the U.N. Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator to call for "calm and restraint".
- Immigration officials from Myanmar intercept a boat of Rohingya refugees 30 km abbr=on off the coast of Yangon, and arrest all 106 passengers. The boat was en route to Malaysia, after setting off from Sittwe, Rakhine State, with human smugglers and Rohingyas fleeing persecution.
- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence condemns Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya Muslims and called for Aung San Suu Kyi to pardon Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, the two Reuters journalists imprisoned in the country.