Permanent Peoples' Tribunal on Burma's Crimes Against Humanity
Final Tribunal Session: September 18-22, 2017 - University of Malaya-Kuala Lumpur. Tribunal Indictment.
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The 2nd Tribunal Session: September 18-22, 2017 - University of Malaya-KL
The concluding session of the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal (PPT) will be held at the University of Malaya Law Faculty Moot Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from September 18-22. It will pick up where the inaugural March session ended. The indictment from the London sessions will be buttressed by further expert testimony and first hand evidence from specialists, Rohingya and Kachin.
A panel of judges and jurors will then present the final verdict. Members of Burma's military, government and civil society have been invited and encouraged to join and respond to the charges of crimes against humanity.
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Confirmed Judges: Helen Jarvis (Cambodia-Australia), Denis Halliday (Ireland), Daniel Feierstein (Argentina), Nello Rossi (Italy), Shadi Sadr (Iran), Nursyahbani Katjasungkana (Indonesia), Zulaiha Ismal (Malaisya), Gill Boheringer (Australia).
What is the Peoples' Tribunal?
The PPT was formed in 1979 as a continuation of the earlier Russell Tribunal I on the Vietnam War, and Russell Tribunal II which held hearings on the crimes of Latin American dictatorships. Since that time the PPT has successfully completed 42 sessions.
Each session takes up the cause of an oppressed people whose collective humanity and rights has been negated or threatened by neo-colonial or allied forces and structures of power, and which international institutions and law courts have failed to address directly or provide the requisite moral relief. The values of the PPT are grounded in the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Peoples proclaimed in Algiers in 1979, based on the post-colonial experience and reality of “new forms of Imperialism that evolved to oppress and exploit peoples,” particularly those freed from colonization. (Chicago Monitor)
This year the PPT, established its first-ever Opinion Tribunal to hear the complaints brought against the Burmese (Myanmar) government for crimes against humanity. The PPT on Burma's Crimes Against Humanity was set up at the request of Rohingya and Kachin activists and scholars who “brought forth the charges before the jury panel that the Myanmar government is committing crimes under international law, such as war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.”
The 1st Tribunal Session on Burma Crimes Against Humanity: March 6-7 2017 ISCI - Queen Mary University
The inaugural session of the PPT was held at the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) in London's Queen Mary University Law School on March 6-7. The sessions brought together Rohingya and Kachin leaders and freedom activists for the first time, as well as human rights experts and investigators from across the world to provide expert testimony and evidence of crimes against humanity. The session concluded with the indictment of Burma for war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Rohingya and Kachin.
The recordings of the full two day testimony can be viewed here.
Indictment by the Prosecution Team to the Panel of Judges of the Permanent People’s Tribunal on Myanmar’s State Crimes against Rohingya, Kachin and other groups: