UN report transferred to prosecute Burma’s top Generals

The Kachin Post / September 15, 2019

The Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has last Monday handed over its findings of serious crimes under international law to a new mechanism, which is mandated by the Human Right Council to follow up and prepare files for criminal prosecutions against Burma’s top military Generals, including Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

“This is an important step in achieving justice for victims and accountability for serious crimes,” said in the UN Human Rights Council’s press statement. “The Mission’s evidence has been preserved and transferred to the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar (IIMM) in a manner that ensures its integrity so it can be used in criminal trials in courts outside Myanmar.”

The Fact-Finding Mission’s Chairman Marzuki Darusman, Expert Radhika Coomaraswamy and Christopher Sidoti will hold a press conference in Geneva on September 17, simultaneously after the Mission appears before Human Rights Council.

In September of last year, the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Burma released its full 440-pages accounts of findings in three different States in the country during the period of fifteen months. The mission called for the investigation and prosecution of Burma’s Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, and his top Generals for genocide, crime against humanity and war crimes.

“Peace will not be achieved while the Tatmadaw, also known as Burma Army, remains above the law,” said Marzuki Darusman last year after the released of its full report. “The Tatmadaw is the greatest impediment to Myanmar’s development as a modern democratic nation.”

The Fact-Finding Mission on Burma was set up by the UN Human Rights Council’s resolution 34/22 in 2017. Most of the Mission’s finding were documented Burma Army’s extreme violence perpetrated against the country’s Muslim minority Rohingya in 2017, when over a half million Rohingya fled to neighbouring Bangladesh.