These denials paint a troubling picture of a government attempting to cover up and make invisible a campaign of mass atrocities, one that many experts say has become a genocide. Burma must reverse its decision and allow access for UN investigators. Burmese officials must also release arrested journalists; implement the recommendations of the Kofi Annan report; and, ultimately, hold perpetrators accountable.
The sanctions against top Burmese military officials announced this week are a good first step, but the international community must continue to work together to apply intense pressure on the Burmese government in pursuit of these goals. And the U.S. should be at the forefront of leading the global community to stop this genocide. It is shameful that President Trump has yet to say one public word about this crisis. If President Trump won’t lead, Congress must, and I will join my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in pushing for additional sanctions in the new year.