03 May '11, 8pm

Myanmar war crime probe urged

Myanmar war crime probe urged

WASHINGTON: US lawmakers on Tuesday called on President Barack Obama to show greater urgency in setting up a UN probe into alleged war crimes in Myanmar, saying that widespread abuses were going unpunished. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in August last year that the United States would support a UN commission of inquiry, which could lead to charges against the military-backed regime in the country also known as Burma. But activists say that the Obama administration's backing has only been rhetorical, with some policymakers believing that there is not yet enough global support for a probe amid certain opposition by Myanmar's ally China. In a letter to Obama, 31 members of the House of Representatives said that "the military regime's continuous egregious crimes against humanity continues" which "requires a renewed sense of urgency." "We believe the time has come ...

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