BHRN welcomes a decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) that it can exercise jurisdiction to investigate the deportation and force transfer of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people from Burma to Bangladesh as a possible crime against humanity.
“We support this move by the ICC. We call on international actors to back this investigation and to demand the prosecution of Burma’s generals,” said BHRN Executive Director Kyaw Win. “We must continue to advocate for justice not only in the case of the expulsion of the Rohingya, but also for the wide range of atrocities that the Tatmadaw has committed against so many communities in Burma.”
Burma is not a member of the ICC, but when more than 700,000 Rohingya refugees were forced into Bangladesh last year—a country which is a member of the court—the violence against them became transnational in nature. The ICC’s Thursday ruling explained that this allows them to have jurisdiction.
The announcement follows an August 27 report by the UN-mandated Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar calling for the country’s military leadership to be prosecuted for genocide.
Background on the Burma Human Rights Network (BHRN)
BHRN is based in London and operates across Burma/Myanmar working for human rights, minority rights and religious freedom in the country. BHRN has played a crucial role in advocating for human rights and religious freedom with politicians and world leaders.
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