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US panel: End persecution of Muslims in Myanmar

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Foreign Affairs Committee is calling for an end to persecution of Myanmar's minority Rohingya Muslims.

It is one of the strongest U.S. congressional criticisms yet of Myanmar's reformist government.

The committee passed a resolution unanimously Tuesday urging the U.S. to press Myanmar to protect ethnic and religious minorities.

The prospects of the full House taking up the resolution remain uncertain, but its approval by committee reflects growing concern over the outbreaks of communal violence in Myanmar as it transitions to democracy after decades of direct military rule.

Republican committee chairman Ed Royce says Myanmar can't claim progress on reforms if it doesn't improve treatment of the Rohingya.

Myanmar's ambassador to Washington is rejecting the allegations of mistreatment and says the government won't tolerate incitement to religious hatred.

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