The 2nd Tribunal Session: September 18-22, 2017 - University of Malaya-KL
At the opening proceedings of the PPT in Malaysia, the prosecutors' presented the final indictment that charges Myanmar's military and political leaders with war crimes, and crimes against humanity against the Rohingya, Kachin, and Karen people. It also charged Myanmar with crimes against other minorities, including non-Rohingya Myanmar Muslims.
The Final Judgement by the panel of judges was a unanimous verdict of guilty for the cimes of genocide against the Rohingya, war crimes against the Rohingya and Crimes Against Humanity against the Rohingya, Kachin and other ethnic groups.
Final Judgement by the the Panel of Judges of the Permanent People’s Tribunal on Myanmar’s State Crimes against Rohingya, Kachin and other groups:
Confirmed Judges: Daniel Feierstein (Argentina), Gill Boheringer (Australia), Doreen Chen (Australia), Helen Jarvis (Cambodia-Australia), BN Srikrishna (India), Nursyahbani Katjasungkana (Indonesia), Shadi Sadr (Iran), Denis Halliday (Ireland), Nello Rossi (Italy), Zulaiha Ismal (Malaysia).
NOTES FROM 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:
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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.”