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Burmese Soldiers Confess to Slaughtering Rohingya Civilians [September 16, 2020]   [open pdf - 626KB]

From the Document: "Two former Burmese soldiers have confessed on video to indiscriminately killing Rohingya civilians in 2017 under the direct orders of their commanding officers. The soldiers' accounts are consistent with descriptions provided by Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. The confessions emerge at a time of growing pressure on the United States and other governments to state officially that the Burmese military's assault on Rohingya villages in Burma's Rakhine State in August 2017 constitutes an act of genocide, crimes against humanity, or war crimes under international law. In November 2017, then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson referred to the attacks as 'ethnic cleansing,' a concept that is not recognized as a crime under international law. Since then, the Trump Administration has not changed that characterization despite some congressional pressure for a determination on the issue of genocide."

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CRS Insight, IN11504
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2020-09-16
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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