The US Committee on Foreign Relations has unanimously voted to report the Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act of 2017 with amendments favourably to the US Senate.
The Bill – which was introduced to the Senate on 2 November 2017 – makes provision for the imposition of US visa bans and economic sanctions against “senior officials of the military and security forces of Burma” that have “played a direct and substantial role in the commission of human rights abuses in Burma, including against the Rohingya minority population”.
There are also measures prohibiting specific military cooperation between the US and Burma until the Secretary of Defence can certify that the Burmese military has demonstrated (inter alia) significant progress in abiding by international human rights standards.
The next stage is for the Senate to vote on the Bill. A similar Bill was also introduced on 2 November 2017 in the House of Representatives, see the Burma Act of 2017.