Amid Rohingya Crisis, White House Mulls Sanctions On Myanmar's Military

The State Department says it is considering using the Global Magnitsky Act to freeze assets and deny visas for the country's top generals.
Rohingya Muslim refugees wait to receive food distributed from a Turkish aid agency at Thaingkhali refugee camp in Ukhia, Bangladesh on Saturday. / TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / Getty Images

The Trump administration has threatened to slap sanctions on Myanmar unless it ends a deadly campaign against its Muslim Rohingya minority that the United Nations has called "textbook genocide."

The State Department said Monday that it is looking into a law that allows the U.S. to freeze assets and impose visa bans on selected individuals. The original version of the law, passed by Congress in 2012, targeted Russian officials linked to the 2009 prison death of Sergei Magnitsky, a 37-year-old accountant and lawyer-turned-whistleblower.

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