The Biden administration has officially determined that Myanmar’s military committed genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority, a US official and a source familiar with the decision said on Sunday.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to make the announcement Monday morning at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, where he is due to speak on Myanmar, also known as Burma, after viewing an exhibit called “Burma’s Path to Genocide”.
US law does not require any specific action after the government declares genocide, but the designation could increase international pressure on Myanmar’s military, which seized power in a coup last year.
Since August 2017, more than 700,000 members of the predominantly Muslim Rohingya group have fled Buddhist-majority Myanmar for neighboring Bangladesh, where they live in overcrowded refugee camps. The refugees…