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Rohingya crisis: US to continue to hold responsible people accountable 

'Military must respect HR for Myanmar's democracy to succeed'

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Sunday 26 August, 2018 08:08:36 pm

Rohingya crisis: US to continue to hold responsible people accountable 

Dhaka, Aug 26 (UNB) - The United States has said they will continue to hold accountable those responsible for atrocities against Rohingyas what the US described as the "abhorrent ethnic cleansing" of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

The US also said Myanmar military must respect human rights for Myanmar’s democracy to succeed.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo came up with US position on Sunday. 

"A year ago, following deadly militant attacks, security forces responded by launching abhorrent ethnic cleansing of ethnic #Rohingya in Burma. The U.S. will continue to hold those responsible accountable. The military must respect human rights for #Burma’s democracy to succeed," Pompeo said in a message on Twitter.

August 25 was marked as the first anniversary of Rohingya influx into Bangladesh following military operations against Rohingyas in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

Over 700,000 Rohingyas are now living in camps in Cox's Bazar district of the country. 

Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque recently said the international pressure on Myanmar sustained over the past one year as Bangladesh worked both bilaterally and multilaterally to find a peaceful solution to the crisis. “We’ve seen broader embargo…I don’t see any possibility that pressure will come down.”  

Bangladesh has emphasised the need for accelerating efforts to create a congenial environment there and build houses and villages for the returnees to facilitate the repatriation.