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Threat of US Sanctions on Nasaka Lead to Its Abolishment: HRW

24 July 2013

The US government had planned to sanction Burma’s notorious border guard force the Nasaka before it was abolished by President Thein Sein last week, US-based group Human Rights Watch (HRW) told The Myanmar Times. “There were plans afoot in Washington to list the Na Sa Ka on the [Specially Designated Nationals] list maintained by the US Department of the Treasury,” HRW’s deputy Asia director Phil Robertson was quoted as saying. Robertson said the threat of US sanctions had lead to the government’s decision to disband the Nasaka, which has been accused of corruption and widespread human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims in Arakan State.