Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) announced the committee will convene a hearing on Thursday, October 5 to discuss the U.S. response to Burma’s escalating violence against the Rohingya.  The hearing, entitled “The Rohingya Crisis: U.S. Response to the Tragedy in Burma,” will begin at 9 a.m.

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “Burma’s violence against the Rohingya is horrific, and one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.  Hundreds have been killed, at least 420,000 Rohingyas have been driven from their homes, and at least 200 villages have been burned to the ground.  Burma can’t be allowed to continue cruelly mistreating the Rohingya and other minority groups.  And the United States should use the tools at its disposal to help stop this violence.  This hearing will give members an opportunity to press the administration on the steps they are taking to ensure civilian and military authorities are working to end the violence and aid those in desperate need.”

Hearing: The Rohingya Crisis: U.S. Response to the Tragedy in Burma

9 a.m. on Thursday, October 5

2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Mr. W. Patrick Murphy  
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Southeast Asia
Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
U.S. Department of State

The Honorable Mark C. Storella
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
U.S. Department of State

Ms. V. Kate Somvongsiri
Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator
Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance
U.S. Agency for International Development