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Myanmar might have used chemical weapons on Rohingya: US

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 04:08 PM, 26 November 2019   Updated: 09:46 PM, 26 November 2019

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Myanmar is in breach of worldwide convention prohibition chemical weapons and may have a stockpile leftover from the 80s, and the country's chemical weapons might be applied to Rohingya; the United States mentioned on Monday.

“The Southeast Asian nation may still have weapons at a ‘historic’ facility where mustard gas was produced,” a senior State Department official told the annual meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Myanmar formally joined the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) that bans the assembly, storage and use of chemical arms, in 2015.

“The US has serious concerns that a chemical weapons stockpile may remain at Myanmar’s historical chemical weapons facility,” Thomas DiNanno, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, told the OPCW in The Hague.

Washington had data that the Asian nation “had a chemical weapons program within the 80s that enclosed a sulfur mustard development program and chemical weapons production facility”, he added.

“Based on accessible data, U.S. certifies that the Asian nation is in non-compliance with the CWC, thanks to its failure to declare its past chemical weapons program and to destroy its chemical weapons facility.”

Myanmar has antecedently long-faced accusations of storing and mistreatment such weapons.

In 2013, a parliamentary report aforementioned police had used phosphorus the previous year against protesters at a mine within the north of the country, inflicting severe burns.

In July 2014, 5 journalists from the Asian nations were sentenced to ten years in jail with exhausting labor over a piece inculpative the military of manufacturing chemical arms.

The previous year, Myanmar’s then quasi-civilian government denied mistreatment chemical weapons against rebels from the Kachin ethnic group throughout clashes within the north of the country.

The America official aforementioned Washington had control talks with Myanmar’s civilian government and military over the difficulty and “stands able to assist Myanmar” to destroy the weapons.

Myanmar was the 191st State Party to the Chemical Weapons Convention, that came into force in 1997 and is monitored by the world organization for compliance.

In 2005, London-based rights cluster Christian commonality Worldwide defendant the previous ingroup of mistreatment chemical weapons against rebels from the Karenic community.

The America allegation comes as the Asian nation faces growing international legal pressure over its treatment of another minority — the Muslim Rohingya, thousands of whom were forced to escape to East Pakistan in a very large activity in 2017.

Civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi is thanks to jaunting the International Court of Justice within the Hague in Dec to guide the defense in a very race murder case against the Asian nation.

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