The US government has shared information with The Gambia government in connection with the case it brought against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for the atrocities committed against the minority Rohingya people. 

The statement was made by Uzra Zeya, US under secretary for civilian security, democracy, and human rights at an event commemorating the six years since the start of the genocide against Rohingya by the Myanmar military in 2017.

“We also provide support to the UN’s Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar, which has a mandate to collect, consolidate, preserve, and analyze evidence of the most serious international crimes and violations of international law committed in Burma since 2011,” she told Bangladesh-based Dhaka Tribune.

“US support includes providing the mechanism with $2 million of funding to strengthen its ability to conduct open-source investigations and to protect witnesses and victims.”

“We are not alone in seeking accountability.  On Wednesday, we joined 12 other nations on the UN Security Council in a joint statement calling out the continued, unrelenting violence perpetrated by the military regime. This statement called on the regime to restore the rights of the Rohingya and served to keep high-level focus on your plight,” she said.

Also on Wednesday, the United States expanded its Burma-related sanctions authorities to include any foreign individual or entity operating in the jet fuel sector of Burma’s economy and designated two individuals and three entities under this authority.

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