Pence strongly criticizes Myanmar for Rohingya persecution

Posted On: Nov 14, 2018   |   Posted By: Politico

Vice President Mike Pence delivered the Trump administration's most high-profile criticism to date of the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, telling the country's civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, that state violence against the minority group was "without excuse." The two leaders met on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Singapore, briefly offering remarks to the press before talking in private. The Rohingya are a Muslim minority group that has faced persecution at the hands of the Burmese state for decades. Last year, the UN termed the majority-Buddhist military's attacks on the Rohingya a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing." More than half a million Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh in search of safety. “The violence and persecution by military and vigilantes that resulted in driving 700,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh is without excuse,” Pence said. “I'm anxious to hear about the progress that you're making, holding those accountable who are...

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