WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday in favour of legislation to pressure Myanmar, also known as Burma, to improve its record on human rights.
Nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled into Bangladesh from Myanmar since August to escape a military crackdown, launched in response to Rohingya insurgent attacks. Refugees have reported murder, rape and arson by Myanmar troops.
If included in a final version of the NDAA, typically passed by the House and Senate later in the year, the measure would, among other things, bar U.S. security assistance or cooperation with Myanmar’s military or security forces until they have made progress on human rights.
It also would impose sanctions on current or former senior Myanmar military officials who perpetrated or were responsible for serious human rights abuses.
The amendment was introduced by Representative Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.