12 Aug '11, 12am

US says it's pressing Myanmar to halt alleged rapes

US says it's pressing Myanmar to halt alleged rapes

Twelve US senators, all women, on Wednesday accused the regime in Myanmar, also known as Burma, of using rape as a 'weapon of war', and sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (above) urging her to press it to halt the practice. -- PHOTO: REUTERS AUGUST (AFP) - The United States said on Thursday it has been pressuring Myanmar's military-backed regime to stop its alleged use of rape and supports a panel to probe alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity. Twelve US senators, all women, on Wednesday accused the regime in Myanmar, also known as Burma, of using rape as a 'weapon of war', and sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging her to press it to halt the practice. Clinton spokesman Victoria Nuland told reporters a response to the letter was being formulated. 'We have repeatedly raised our concerns about these issues with the Burmese gover...

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