KL tribunal on Rohingya crisis to hear victims’ testimonies


PETALING JAYA: A non-governmental tribunal on the conditions of the Rohingyas, Kachins and other reportedly persecuted minorities in Myanmar will be held in Kuala Lumpur later this month.

Organised by the International Movement for a Just World (JUST), the Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (Centhra) and the International Forum on Buddhist-Muslim Relations (BMF), the event will see victims from the communities, providing testimonies on what they have experienced.

In a joint statement today, the three NGOs said the tribunal, with the Rome-based Permanent People’s Tribunal (PPT) acting as its convenor, would be the second and concluding session of proceedings that began in London in March.

“The London session called upon the UN and Asean to take effective measures to stop state crimes against the Rohingyas and Kachins,” the statement said.

“Widespread and credible allegations of crimes against these minorities and against humanity will be examined in an honest and truthful manner,” it said.

“Expert witnesses who have studied genocide in depth will present their views. A panel of nine distinguished judges from different countries will analyse the evidence before them and come up with their findings which will be made public.

“These findings, it is hoped, will spur governments, citizens groups and individuals wherever they are to do more to persuade the Myanmar government and other actors to desist from violence,” it added.

It said the renewed violence in Myanmar since Aug 25 had underscored the urgency of the situation in which tens of thousands of Rohingyas had fled towards neighbouring Bangladesh.

The organisers also called on the killings to be stopped immediately, and for the Myanmar government to restore the rights and respect the dignity of the minorities.

The tribunal will be held at Universiti Malaya’s law faculty building from Sept 18 to 22. Those who would like to attend should send an email to [email protected]