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Misplaced calls for Myanmar sanctions threaten wrong people

EU trade restrictions in response to Rohingya crisis would hurt ordinary workers

| Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos

The exodus of more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar's northwestern Rakhine state into neighboring Bangladesh has been widely condemned by Western governments and human rights organizations.

But the frenzied search for ways to punish Myanmar ignores local efforts to resolve the humanitarian and development challenges facing Rakhine. Recent calls for the EU to end privileged access for Myanmar's exports are particularly misplaced, threatening company closures and massive job losses.

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