The United States has formally recognized the actions of Myanmar’s army against the Rohingya minority as genocide and declared them as crimes against humanity. The declaration came during Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s address at the Holocaust Memorial Museum on March 21.

“Beyond the Holocaust, the United States has concluded that genocide was committed seven times.  Today marks the eighth, as I have determined that members of the Burmese military committed genocide and crimes against humanity against Rohingya,” said Blinken.

The 2017 military operation of the Burmese Armed Forces (Tatmadaw) pushed out at least 730,000 Rohingya from their communities into Bangladesh. In 2021, the same military force took over the country in a military coup.