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US House of Representatives Declares That Crimes Against Rohingya Are Genocide

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US House of Representatives Declares That Crimes Against Rohingya Are Genocide

The resolution passed with a vote of 394 to 1.

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The United States House of Representatives passed a resolution on Thursday declaring that crimes committed by the Myanmar security forces against Rohingya Muslims constitute genocide.

The resolution also calls for the “immediate pardon and release” of two Reuters journalists who have been imprisoned for exposing the genocide.

The resolution passed with a vote of 394 to 1.

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House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce said:

“The United States has a moral obligation to call these crimes genocide. Failing to do so gives the perpetrators cover and hinders efforts to bring those accountable to justice. With this resolution, the House fulfills its part of that duty.”

A State Department report found that violence against the Rohingya was “extreme, large-scale, widespread” and intended to “(drive) out the Rohingya residents”. Despite this, the State Department has not labelled the crimes as genocide.

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The United Nations has called for Myanmar’s generals to face an international tribunal on the charges of genocide, with the chair of a UN independent fact-finding mission saying he had “never been confronted by crimes as horrendous and on such scale as these”.

More than 700,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh last year, with reports of villages being razed, men, women and children being burned alive, soldiers gang-raping women and girls, and the killing of at least several thousand civilians.

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The resolution passed with a vote of 394 to 1.

The United States House of Representatives passed a resolution on Thursday declaring that crimes committed by the Myanmar security forces against Rohingya Muslims constitute genocide.

The resolution also calls for the “immediate pardon and release” of two Reuters journalists who have been imprisoned for exposing the genocide.

The resolution passed with a vote of 394 to 1.

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House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce said:

“The United States has a moral obligation to call these crimes genocide. Failing to do so gives the perpetrators cover and hinders efforts to bring those accountable to justice. With this resolution, the House fulfills its part of that duty.”

A State Department report found that violence against the Rohingya was “extreme, large-scale, widespread” and intended to “(drive) out the Rohingya residents”. Despite this, the State Department has not labelled the crimes as genocide.

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The United Nations has called for Myanmar’s generals to face an international tribunal on the charges of genocide, with the chair of a UN independent fact-finding mission saying he had “never been confronted by crimes as horrendous and on such scale as these”.

More than 700,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh last year, with reports of villages being razed, men, women and children being burned alive, soldiers gang-raping women and girls, and the killing of at least several thousand civilians.

Whilst you’re here…

The Muslim Vibe is a non-profit media platform aiming to inspire, inform and empower Muslims like you. Our goal is to provide a space for young Muslims to learn about their faith as well as news stories affecting them, so we can reclaim the Muslim narrative from the mainstream.

Your support will help us achieve this goal, and enable us to produce more original content. Your support can help us in the fight against Islamophobia, by building a powerful platform for young Muslims who can share their ideas, experiences and opinions for a better future.

Please consider supporting The Muslim Vibe, from as little as £1 – it will only take a minute. Thank you and Jazakallah.

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