Representatives of Aung San Suu Kyi hire law firms to monitor the crimes of the junta
The ousted government of Aung San Suu Kyi is proving that the Myanmar military junta is expected to be tried for crimes against humanity.
While the regime of General Min Aung Hlaing increases the alleged killings and arrests of opponents, the committee representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, composed of parliamentarians from the dismissed leader’s National League for Democracy, he has maintained a London law firm to advise on international court proceedings.
Volterra Fietta has experience representing clients in international courts and tribunals, including the UN International Court of Justice in The Hague.
The law firm has also held online meetings with the Myanmar Independent Research Mechanism, set up by the UN Human Rights Council in 2018, violent expulsion from the military the Rohingya Muslim state of the western state of Rakhine. He has also shared reports of alleged atrocities with UN investigators, according to a key partner and the UN itself.
“Myanmar has instructed us to make various communications and submissions to various UN human rights bodies and special rapporteurs,” Robert Volterra, the company’s founding partner, told the Financial Times. He said he had made “reports of arbitrary arrest, torture and extrajudicial killings” and evidence.
Nicholas Koumjian, head of IIMM, confirmed that Volterra had relations with the company.
“International justice is unfortunately very slow, but it has a long memory,” U.S. prosecutor Koumjian said. He has previously worked in seven international tribunals on war crimes and crimes against humanity, including trials Charles Taylor, Former President of Liberia, and Cambodians Khmer Rouge Leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan.
The decision of the CRPH, viz seeking international recognition As Myanmar is a legitimate government, civilians have shared alleged footage with UN investigators to share information with UN investigators atrocities committed by security forces.
According to a conservative estimate by the Association for the Support of Political Prisoners for Human Rights, 726 people have been killed by the juntas and more than 3,000 have been arrested coup on February 1st.
The IIMM last month asked them to share evidence of arbitrary arrests, torture and enforced disappearances, but asked them to “be careful” using secure communications. Koumjian said the UN has received tens of thousands of videos and other evidence and is examining them.
Volterra said his law firm and Sasa, the international representative of the CRPH, were also “overwhelmed with communication,” adding: “Most of them are very moving and it’s awesome to see them.”
Legal experts hope that the leaders of the junta will eventually be prosecuted for crimes against humanity. An ICJ is listening case of genocide the gangs brought in 2019 against Myanmar for the atrocities against the Rohingya.
“Certainly these crimes committed since the coup took place should be investigated,” said Kingsley Abbott, International Jurists of Human Rights.
“In the face of this, they meet the requirements to commit crimes against humanity – a broad or systematic attack on the civilian population under a state policy – that is [International Criminal Court’s] Rome Statute “.
However, Abbott said the potential prosecution of the ICC would be “tremendous obstacles”. Myanmar is not a court of law, and should go to court or be tried by the UN Security Council, which has China and Russia as members. Neither Moscow nor Beijing he condemned the coup.
Another possibility would be the international justice case filed by Myanmar under another international jurisdiction, where serious national crimes can be prosecuted where the nationality of the perpetrators or the crimes occurred.
Volterra denied him about his legal strategy.
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