NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

20 Sep 2021

UN SECRETARY-GENERAL OPENS THE UNGA GENERAL DEBATE

On 21 September, Mr. Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary-General addressed the General Assembly at the opening of the #UNGA76 General Debate. He stressed on bridging the peace divide and expressed his unwavering support to the people of Myanmar in their pursuit of democracy, peace, human rights, and the rule of law. The full statement can be read here.

17 Sep 2021

HRW: A Month-Long Exhibition in Paris: #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar

AJC Member Human Rights Watch has co-sponsored a month-long Paris exhibition at the Place du Palais Royal called ‘Fighting Fear’. The exhibition kickstarted on the 18 September and will be open till mid-October. It showcases a unique selection of 14 artworks by 7 Burmese artists on the theme #WhatIsHappeningInMyanmar.

16 Sep 2021

ICC Prosecutor Appoints 17 Special Advisors

On 17 September, Mr Karim A.A. Khan QC, the newly elected Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court appointed 17 eminent experts to serve as his Special Advisers.

15 Sep 2021

OHCHR Submits its Written Report on Myanmar to UN Human Rights Council

On 16 September, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Situation of human rights in Myanmar submitted its written report to the 48th session of the UN Human Rights Council. The report calls for strengthening and enhancing of international accountability efforts supported by the HRC in the light of continuing and unabated violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. According to OHCHR, the crimes reported may constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity under international law. The full report can be accessed here.

14 Sep 2021

LAW: ‘More than 500 Rohingya request ICC Prosecutor accept NUG declaration’

On 15 September 2021, Legal Action Worldwide (LAW) announced that it has submitted a communication to the International Criminal Court in partnership with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. The communication urges the Prosecutor of the Court to accept the National Unity Government’s declaration granting the ICC jurisdiction over genocide and other international crimes committed in Myanmar since July 2002 as the legitimate representative of Myanmar under international law. LAW represents over 500 Rohingya clients, including Rohingya women’s network Shanti Mohila (Peace Women) and a group of male survivors of sexual violence.