FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On August 30, the UN Security Council held consultations on the events that have unfolded since last Friday in Burma’s Rakhine State. Following deadly attacks by Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) militants at security posts on August 25 and reports of the Burmese security forces’ subsequent response, the escalation in tensions has resulted in thousands reportedly fleeing their homes. There have also been reports of innocent civilians being killed and injured amid the ongoing violence and of villages being burned down.
“The United States supports democracy for the Burmese people, and we condemn attacks by militant groups in Rakhine State. However, as Burmese security forces act to prevent further violence, they have a responsibility to adhere to international humanitarian law, which includes refraining from attacking innocent civilians and humanitarian workers and ensuring assistance reaches those in need. We call on all members of the Security Council to support the Burmese government in ensuring the rights and dignity of all communities in Rakhine State and throughout Burma,” said Ambassador Haley.
The United States recently welcomed Burma’s endorsement of the Annan Commission’s recommendations and supports the government’s efforts to implement them as quickly as possible.