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By FutureLaw Desk

The Rome-based Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal initiated the hearing of the allegations of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against the Myanmar Govt. for the atrocities committed on Myanmar’s religious and ethnic minorities including Rohingyas, Kachin, Ta’ang and Myanmar Muslims.

The sessions shall take place at the Moot Court room of the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur from the 18th to the 22nd of September, 2017. The Tribunal shall deliver its verdict on Friday, 22nd September, 2017.

The Inaugural Session was held at the International State Crime Initiative, Queen Mary University of London on the 6th and 7th of March 2017. The Tribunal there urged the United Nations (UN) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to take swift and effective measures to stop international state crimes against the Rohingyas and Kachins, specifically.

The establishment of this Peoples’ Tribunal is in response to the requests made by Myanmar’s Rohingya, Kachin, and Myanmar Muslim victims, all of whom have made credible allegations that their respective ethnic communities have suffered international crimes at the hands of Myanmar government troops, including crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. The Tribunal on Myanmar is coordinated by a steering committee made up of Rohingya, Kachin, and Burmese human rights campaigners in cooperation with the PPT Secretariat in Rome, Italy.

The expert witness panel includes, among others, Professor Dr. C R Abrar, Director, Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) from Bangladesh. The panel also have Burmese human rights activists Kyaw Win, Dr. Maung Zarni, Dr. Gregory Stanton, a professor of George Mason University, US and Ms. Razia Sultana, a Bangladeshi lawyer of Rohingya origin.

The entire proceeding will be webcast live at https://tribunalonmyanmar.org and live tweets can be followed at https://www.twitter.com/myanmartribunal.

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