US Congressman Steve Chabot, Chairman Royce and Ranking Member Engel on Thursday introduced a bipartisan measure to declare the Myanmar military's atrocities against the Rohingya genocide, according to a statement issued by the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“The Burmese military is engaging in horrific violence against Rohingya men, women and children. Their actions amount to genocide,” said Edward R Royce in the statement issued on Friday.
This is a straightforward resolution to put the US Congress on record.
Earlier this week, Royce said, “Confronting genocide of the Rohingya is a moral issue. And a national security issue.”
Also this week, the US State Department released a report detailing stomach-turning, systematic and widespread acts of violence against the Rohingya in Northern Rakhine State.
And on Wednesday, the Foreign Affairs Committee convened a hearing examining the administration's response to the crisis, and efforts by US-backed broadcasters to raise awareness about the atrocities.
More than 900,000 Rohingya, an ethnic and religious Muslim minority in Myanmar, live in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district, the vast majority in camps, according to UNICEF.
About 700,000 of them arrived in the four months after deadly attacks by Rohingya insurgents on Myanmar security forces in August 2017, which were followed by military operations that the United Nations and rights groups said targeted civilians.
Myanmar has denied most of the allegations.