UN envoy says US sanctions on Myanmar generals inadequate

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) – United Nations (UN) envoy Lee Yanghee said the United States (US) didn’t “go far enough” in sanctions against four top Myanmar generals over the mass killings of Rohingya minority.

Washington said on Tuesday the four, including the country’s commander in chief and his deputy, were responsible for “gross human rights violations” involving extrajudicial killings in an ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state.

The four and their immediate families are banned from travelling to the US.

Lee, the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Myanmar, said yesterday the travel ban was inadequate. She said the assets of the men and their families should be frozen, and that the US should extend the sanctions against another two generals identified earlier by a UN fact-finding mission.