UN urges financial isolation of Myanmar military

15 May 2019
UN urges financial isolation of Myanmar military
(FILE) - Rohingya refugees walk on a road along a makeshift camp in Kutubpalang, Cox Bazar district, Bangladesh, 26 August 2018. Photo: Monirul Alam/EPA

The UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar (FFM) urged the international community on Tuesday to cut off all financial and other support to Myanmar’s military, saying its commanders need to be isolated and brought before a credible court to answer charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

FFM Chairperson Marzuki Darusman said the measures were needed because Myanmar has not done enough to resolve the nation’s conflicts and protect human rights, including those of over a million ethnic Rohingya civilians who have been forced into exile.

 “There has been no movement toward a resolution of the crisis,” Darusman said at the conclusion of a 10-day visit to Bangladesh, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. “The situation is at a total standstill.”