There was no immediate public reaction from Myanmar’s government, though in previous statements it has rejected the court’s jurisdiction and said it would not cooperate with any proceeding.
The sanctions by the Treasury Department marked the toughest US action so far in response to Myanmar’s crackdown on the Rohingya minority.
The Associated Press reports that at least five mass graves have been found in the Myanmarese village of Gu Dar Pyin, as the UN special envoy on human rights in Myanmar says, "you can see it's a pattern" that has emerged with the Rohingya.
Zeid Raad al Hussein, the UN's human rights chief, condemns "widespread, systematic and shockingly brutal" attacks against the Rohingya, as well as decades of discrimination and persecution.
It was the first time he used the politically sensitive name for the persecuted minority on his current Asian tour, which has been dominated by their plight.
UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, said a full purge could be the ultimate goal of the institutional persecution of Rohingya Muslims.
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