Myanmar: crimes against humanity

Posted on 14 September 2022

There is growing evidence in Myanmar of the most serious international crimes including murder, torture, deportation and forcible transfer, persecution, imprisonment, and targeting of civilians.  

Nicholas Koumjian, Head of theIndependent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar, presented the findings to the 51st session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva last week. 

Mr. Koumjian said the Mechanism faces many challenges, given that staff are denied access to crime scenes and witnesses in Myanmar despite making a dozen requests to the authorities. Despite this, notable progress has occurred.   

“Many brave individuals, NGOs and other entities have shared valuable evidence with us,” he said.