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Sanctions will not help Rohingya

West should not punish Myanmar over refugees but engage with the authorities

Rohingya refugees carry their belongings after arriving on an improvised raft at Teknaf, Bangladesh on Nov. 27.   © Reuters

Advocates of sanctions are gaining ground in Washington and Brussels in response to the continuing humanitarian crisis in the Rakhine state of Myanmar.

The U.S. is preparing targeted sanctions against the Myanmar military in response to alleged atrocities committed against the Rohingya population. The European Union has already suspended invitations to senior Burmese military officers. Human rights organizations are calling for even tougher sanctions from the United Nations Security Council and concerned countries.

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