Rohingya Muslims, trying to cross the Naf River into Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar, look on from an intercepted boat in Teknaf, July 13, 2012.
The United States is set to ease economic sanctions on Myanmar, despite the flagrant violations of human rights by the Southeast Asian state’s government.
"We will begin the process of easing restrictions on imports of Burmese goods into the United States,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a Wednesday meeting with Myanmar President Thein Sein on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
US offers support for the Myanmar government despite the fact that Washington has frequently accused other countries of violating human rights issues in its annual reports.
Myanmar government and military have been accused of repeated and consistent violation of human rights over the last decades. The violations of human rights cover a wide range of issues including several tough restrictions imposed on the citizens, forced labor, human trafficking, sexual violence and child labor.
The issues of human rights violation in the Southeast Asian country has taken a dramatic turn during the past months as the Myanmar government turns a blind eye to the massacre and abuses of the Rohingya Muslims.
The Buddhist-majority government of Myanmar refuses to recognize Rohingyas, who it claims are not natives and classifies as illegal migrants, although the Rohingya are said to be Muslim descendants of Persian, Turkish, Bengali, and Pathan origin, who migrated to Myanmar as early as the 8th century.
According to reports, thousands of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims are living in dire conditions in refugee camps after government forces and Buddhist extremists started burning down their villages on August 10.
The UN human rights authorities blame Myanmar’s security forces for the violence, who are believed to have been targeting the Muslims rather than bringing the ethnic violence to an end in the country.