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HOUSE PASSES CHABOT LEGISLATION TO CONDEMN BURMESE MILITARY AND TO FREE REUTERS JOURNALISTS
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) released the following statement after the House passed H.Res. 1091, which deems the Burmese Military’s atrocities against the Rohingya to be genocide and calls on the Government of Burma to release Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo who were sentenced to seven years imprisonment for their investigation into these atrocities:
“Over the past year, I have worked with many of my colleagues across the aisle to raise awareness, write letters to the Administration, and introduce legislation about the Burmese Military’s frenetic assault on human rights that occurred in Rakhine State, Burma. That is why, I asked my colleagues to stand with me and affirm that the Burmese military’s actions were genocide against the Rohingya people and that the Burmese government’s imprisonment of two Reuters journalists is patently unjust. I applaud my colleagues for standing with me and passing this important humanitarian legislation.”
The legislation does the following:
Condemns the attacks against civilians by Burma's military and security forces.
Considers the actions by the Burmese military against the Rohingya in northern Rakhine State in 2017 to be genocide.
Calls on State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint to pardon Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and other journalists and political prisoners.