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Washington D.C.– U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today introduced a bipartisan resolution that highlights the horrific acts of violence against the Rohingya people in Burma. Underscoring the ongoing humanitarian crisis that followed the brutal crackdown by Burmese security elements in Rohingya communities in 2017, the resolution calls for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to make a determination on whether these crimes constitute genocide. Earlier this month, the Public International Law and Policy Group released a report detailing the atrocities and calling for tribunals for those responsible for the genocide. And an August United Nations report found that Myanmar’s military carried out mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingyas with ‘genocidal intent” and made the case for prosecuting its commander-in-chief and five generals under international law. The Trump administration has yet to label the crimes against the Rohingya a genocide, instead calling it “ethnic cleansing”.