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September 13, 2017

Statement of ABA President Hilarie Bass Re: Myanmar Human Rights Violations

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2017 – The American Bar Association is alarmed by gross violations of human rights being committed in Myanmar against the Rohingya population. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has labeled the violence a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

The ABA calls upon the government of Myanmar to end the violence and hold perpetrators accountable, allow life-saving aid to be delivered, and permit journalists and the international community to document and monitor the situation. The ABA also calls upon the international community to provide critical assistance to the more than 300,000 Rohingya who have taken refuge in neighboring Bangladesh, and to ensure those responsible for atrocities are brought to justice. 

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