First-ever Opinion Tribunal set up on Myanmar

The Rome based Permanent People’s Tribunal (PTT) has set up its first Opinion Tribunal on Myanmar. The people’s tribunal was set up in response to the requests made by Myanmar’s Rohingya and Kachin victims who have alleged genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity by the troops of Myanmar government. The Tribunal on Myanmar is coordinated by a steering committee made up of Rohingya, Kachin and Burmese human rights campaigners in cooperation with the PTT Secretariat in Rome.

Earlier this year, the government of Myanmar had refused to grant visa to members of the fact finding mission set up by Human Rights Council to enquire into similar allegations. The tribunal will be held at the University of Malaya in Malaysia in September.